People have the right to go before court against election delays – M. Deshapriya

People have the right to go before court against election delays – M. Deshapriya

Written by Staff Writer

28 Jan, 2019 | 9:03 pm

COLOMBO(News1st) – Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya expressed the following views during a media briefing held at the election commission office.

Mahinda Deshapriya noted that the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa provincial council elections have been delayed by 16 months and Central, North and North Western provincial elections have been delayed by 4 months.

He said that anyone could go to the supreme court and lodge a complaint against the hold up of these elections, adding that the elections commission will declare delaying the elections is against democracy and it’s unethical as much as a manipulated election is.

He added that the Speaker of Parliament appointed a five-member committee under the auspices of the Prime Minister on 28th August 2018. He said that the committee was given 2 months to sort out the situation, they had two meetings and in the end, they did not implement any solution. He also added without realizing their plight they are blamed without any rational reason.

Mahinda Deshapriya finally asked “Some asked why the commission doesn’t go to courts? If we go before courts, who are we going against? How can we go against the government? The Attorney General will be the respondent and the Attorney General will also have to represent us.”

During the process of answering inquiries made by the press, Mahinda Deshapriya added that he is also a citizen of Sri Lanka and he is hurt as the chairman of the Election Commission due to the postponing of the elections. He also said that some political parties complain that the commission is conducting elections of their own accord. For this, he responded with “Mahinda Deshapriya will never occupy this seat to carry out other people’s agendas.”

He finally added that if the provincial council polls are not held before the presidential election, which is scheduled to be held between the 9th of November and 9th of December, he would resign from his position.

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