Court of Appeal to consider petition on Local Government Election (UPDATE)

Court of Appeal to consider petition on Local Government Election (UPDATE)

Court of Appeal to consider petition on Local Government Election (UPDATE)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

27 Nov, 2017 | 4:22 pm

Court of Appeal has decided to consider a petition submitted on the election.

The writ petition was submitted by six voters on holding the Local Government Election, which the CoA say they will consider on November 30, 2017.

The decision was taken when the Attorney General presented a motion to court today (November 27) requesting the petition to be examined expeditiously.

A three member bench issued an interim injunction order on November 22, halting the Delimitation Gazette Notification implementation issued by the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government.

The petition was initially to be examined on the 4th of December, 2017.

Party leaders meet

An urgent meeting between Parliamentary Party Leaders was convened in Parliament.

The meeting was called to discuss the stay order issued by court in relation to the Local Government Elections. The meeting was also attended by the subject Minister Faiszer Musthapha.

According to the Speaker’s Media Unit, all parties in attendance had unanimously noted that the Local Government Elections must not be delayed any further for any purpose.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pointed out during the meeting that the Local Government Elections must be held in January followed by the Provincial council elections in March, as previously agreed upon.

Meanwhile Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed a three-member committee comprising Senior State Counsels to look into all legal aspects pertaining to the Delimitation Gazette Notification.

Min. Faiszer responded to MP Anura Kumara

MP Anura Kumara questioned Min. Faiszer Musthapha’s overseas travel yesterday (November 26).

Today, November 27 – Min. Musthapha responded to the question, saying he was in Malta at the Commonwealth Local Government Forum applying to hold the 2019 summit in Sri Lanka.

“There was a cabinet paper submitted in this regard, the proposal was approved and I traveled to Malta with the permission of the President. I didn’t flee the country nor did I travel for a personal reason.” said the Minister.

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