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12 May 2020, Tuesday

FR Petitions against the Dissolution of Parliament to be heard by on 18th & 19th May

07 FR petitions seeking an order quashing the Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring the General Election on June 20 have been filed challenging the dissolution of parliament. The matters will be taken up by the Supreme Court on 18th & 19th May.

Several political parties including Samagi Jana Balavegaya and several civil society activists including Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu and former Ravaya newspaper Editor Victor Ivan have also filed petitions. The petitioners have cited Election Commission Chairman  Mahinda Deshapriya, its members President’s Counsel N.J. Abeysekara and Prof.S. Rathnajeevan H.Hoole, and the Attorney General as the respondents.

The Attorney General has informed Supreme Court that he is not in a position to appear for the Elections Commission & its members in a FR petition challenging the date of the election.

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