Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court rejects petition to delay presidential election

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The five-judge bench dismissed the petition with costs without allowing it to proceed with the arguments of the Attorney General. Last week, a fundamental rights petition was filed by a person urging the court not to hold elections till there was clarification on the ambiguity on the tenure of the President with regard to Articles 30 (2) and 82 of the Constitution.

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking a delay in the presidential election scheduled for this year until clarity is created on the presidential term.

The five-judge bench dismissed the petition with costs without allowing it to proceed with the arguments of the Attorney General. Last week, a fundamental rights petition was filed by a person urging the court not to hold elections till there was clarification on the ambiguity on the tenure of the President with regard to Articles 30 (2) and 82 of the Constitution.

The 19th Amendment in 2015 reduced the term of the President from six to five years under Article 30(2) and no referendum was held to change Article 82, which states that the term of the President may be extended by up to six years through a referendum. The petitioner, therefore, sought clarity on this term.

But the Attorney General argued this morning that there was no ambiguity over the term of the President, which is five years. The Election Commission has indicated that the presidential election could be held between September 17 and October 16.

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