Presidential poll before Nov 22, 2005 - Supreme Court......
[b]Presidential poll before Nov 22, 2005 - Supreme Court. Chandrika on the way out.[/b]
By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo.
[b]Colombo , 26 August, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has instructed the Commissioner of Elections to hold the presidential lections between October 28 and November 22 this year. The Court, upholding the petition filed by Dr Omalpe Sobitha Thero, general secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), ruled that the second term of President Chanrika Kumaratunga would complete on December 22, 2005, according to Amended Section 3 of the Sri Lankan Constitution.
.A 5-member bench of the Supreme Court rejected the claim by Maithreepala Sirisena, General Secretary of Kumaratunga’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that her second term would finish in November 2006, 12 years from the beginning of her first term in November 1994.
The SC bench comprised of Justices Mr. Nihal Jayasinghe, Mr.Nissanka Udalagama, Mr.Nimal Dissanayake and Mr.Nimal Gamini Amarathunge with the Chief Justice Mr.Sarath Silva as the Chairman.
The Intervenient-petitioner Sirisena, the Minister of Mahaweli and River Basin Development and the General Secretary of the SLFP party sought a declaration that it was illegal to hold the presidential poll before November 12, 2006 and to dismiss the application of the petitioner, JHU General Secretary Ven. Dr. Sobhitha.
Earlier, Election Commissioner Dayananda Dsanayake submitted to the Court that Kumaratunga’ term would finish in December this year as she has taken oaths to beginning the second term on December 22, 1999 after winning the presidential election held on December 20, 1999. He sought permission from the Supreme Court to hold the Presidential election in October/November this year.
The SLFP General Secretary stated that the President had assumed duties for the first term in office on November 12, 1999. She was declared elected as the President on December 22, 1999, after wining the presidential election in December 20, 1999. He stated that the President suffered serious injury including loss of sight of one eye in an assassination attempt on her life on December 19, 1999.