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Supreme Court dismisses FR petitions challenging the refusal to recall Parliament

ECONOMYNEXT -The Supreme Court has refused leave to proceed for all 8 Fundamental Rights petitions that challenged the June 20 poll date and the continuation of the dissolution of Parliament without a functioning parliament for more than 3 months.

The decision was unanimous by the five-judge bench and effectively dismisses all applications that sought to bring closure to the current constitutional impasse.

Early in the hearings, the Elections Commission informed the court that it cannot hold the poll on June 20.

Last night the Chief Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that he needs 60 to 70 days to prepare for the poll because of the guidelines given to him by the health authorities due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Elections Commission can now go ahead and fix a date for the Parliamentary poll.

The Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya chaired the bench and the other judges are Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Vijith K Malalgoda.

The National Elections Commission, the Secretary to the President and the Attorney General were named as respondents by the petitions. (Colombo, June 2, 2020)