Sri Lanka Election Commissioner says sacking of parliament illegal
ECONOMYNEXT – A member of the three-man independent Election Commission joined a dozen petitioners asking the Supreme Court to declare as illegal the actions of President Maithripala Sirisena against parliament.
Ratnajeevan Hoole filed a five-page petition seeking the quashing of the president’s decree sacking parliament and calling a snap election on January 5.
Hoole argued that Sirisena’s actions were unconstitutional, illegal and was against the people of Sri Lanka and hence demanded the restoration of status quo prevailing prior to October 26.
One of the independent members of the Election Commission established under the 19th amendment assumed significance because the commission must take unanimous decisions to conduct any elections.
Hoole’s position that the president’s actions were against the constitution strengthens the argument of 11 other petitions seeking a declaration against Sirisena’s controversial move of sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on October 26 and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.
The court will have to decide if it will grant leave to proceed to the petitioner to take up the cases for hearing. The court is also asked to decide on interim relief by way of a stay order against the elections commissioner general against making preparations to hold a vote on January 5 as decreed by Sirisena. (COLOMBO, November 12, 2018)