SC orders conduct of Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections

Saturday, 31 August 2019

The Supreme Court has ordered the conduct of long delayed elections for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha. The elections to this local government body were delayed in 2018 after the Supreme Court at that time had issued an Interim Order halting it when one contesting political party filed action due to the non-recognition of their nomination papers.

National Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said they hope to hold an election for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha in the first week of October.The Court yesterday issued a writ of mandamus directing the Galle District Elections Returning Officer to fix a date of poll for the election of members of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabhawa.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Prasanna Jayawardena PC, L.T.B. Dehidenya and E.A.G.R. Amarasekera made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by “Prajathanthravadi Eksath Jathika Peramuna” (Democratic United National Front).On January 30, 2018 the Supreme Court had issued an Interim Order preventing the Election Commission from proceeding with the holding of the election to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha, until the final determination of this writ petition. The nomination papers handed by the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) were rejected for the reason that they have been handed over by a person who is not the authorized agent.