Supreme Court case on polls adjourned till tomorrow

The hearing at the Supreme Court (SC) on multiple Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed against the date set by the Elections Commission to hold the General Election was postponed for tomorrow after submissions were made for a second day today.

Lawyer Viran Corea, appearing for one of the Petitioners today, in his submissions had stated that the Petitioners had appeared before the Supreme Court to protect the people’s right to franchise and their sovereignty.

He said that health experts had suggested that holding an election is not safe under the prevailing conditions.

Corea told court that until that time a new Parliament can be elected, the functions of the Parliament must continue.

Attorney at Law Charitha Gunaratne, the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), journalist Victor Ivan, and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya have filed Fundamental Rights petitions over the date of the election.

The National Elections Commission has set 20 June to hold the Parliamentary election.(Colombo Gazette)

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