Written by Staff Writer
23 Sep, 2015 | 2:50 pm
The Court of Appeal issued notices on the respondents of the petition filed against the National List of the UPFA.
Notice were issued to the Elections Commissioner; Former General Secretary of the UPFA, Susil Premajayantha; and the secretaries of all constituent parties of the UPFA. Among those notices were issued are persons who lost at the polls and were included in the National List.
Deputy Chairman of the MEP, Somaweera Chandrasiri had filed this petition. The petition was taken up before Appeal Court Judge, A.H.M.D. Nawaz and was to December 11,
Somaweera Chandrasiri, in the petition, seeks the removal of those elected to parliament from the National List of the UPFA and appoint him to that position instead.
The petition filed against the National List by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka D.E.W. Gunasekera at the Supreme Court was also taken up on Wednesday.
The petition was taken up before the bench of justices , Eva Wanasundara, Buwaneka Aluvihare and Upali Abeyratne. Attorneys representing the respondents said that the petition can be taken up before a three-judge bench. However, the attorney appearing on behalf of D.E.W. Gunasekera said that the matter does not affect his client alone.
They added that as the matter affected the constitution and the people, the petition should be taken up before a bench of five judges or all the judges of the Supreme Court. The judges noted that the number of judges who will taken up the petition is a matter to be discussed with the Chief Justice. Thereby the petition was postponed until September 29.
D.E.W.Gunasekera, in the petition, notes that the current process over the National List does not meet the requirements of the people’s mandate and the right to vote. Thereby, he requests that recommendations be made to form a national list that will include the people’s mandate.
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