Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Aug, 2015 | 6:17 pm
A fundamental rights petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against the National List of the United People’s Freedom Alliance.
The petition filed by Somaweera Chandrasiri of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, seeks an order preventing the implementation of the UPFA National List and for those named in the list to not be permitted to take seat in parliament until the petition is fully heard.
The petition further states that any appointment of the candidates named in the said National List will be unconstitutional, and in contravention of the elections act.
Somaweera Chandrasiri notes that his fundamental rights have been violated by the removal of his name from the National List which was originally proposed prior to the election.
The petitioner has prayed in his petition, for court to declare null and void, the gazette notification on these appointments.
Forty five persons have been named as respondents including Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, General Secretary of the UPFA Professor Viswa Warnapala, Former UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and those whose names have been entered in the National List of the UPFA.
Leader of the MEP,Dinesh Gunawardena noted that the attempts to appoint persons who have not been mentioned in the Gazette in to Parliament will cause grave damages to the United People’s Freedom Alliance and a number of Political Party leaders in the United Freedom Alliance were scheduled to be elected to Parliament from the National List after the victory and there was an agreement for that and it is illegal to breach that agreement.
He further added that if there needs to be a change, that needs to be discussed with all the leaders and secretaries of the political parties that came together to draft that document and that is the accepted norm in the country so we wish to remind Susil Premajayantha who served as the General Secretary of the Alliance and the others, that the United People’s Freedom Alliance is not anyone’s personal property.
He also noted that the Secretary of the Party informed us that no decision will be taken without informing us afterward the Secretary was rendered helpless and he stepped down and if he believed that he had made a mistake he should have submitted his resignation to the Elections Commissioner at that very moment and requested for a new Secretary to the appointed so I am disappointed about his actions
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