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SLPP challenges rejection of its nomination for Maharagama UC

SC-SL-860-01

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has challenged the rejection of its nomination paper for the election of members to the Maharagama Urban Council through a writ petition filed in the Supreme Court.

The petitioners were party Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam and its authorised agent H.K. Chandrasiri de Silva. Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, members of the Election Commission, Commissioner General of Election R.M.A.L. Rathnayake, Commissioner General of Election/Director General, Returning Officer for the Maharagama Urban Council Damayanthi Wanigasinghe and secretaries of political parties as well as the leaders of the independent groups have been cited as respondents.

The petition seeks the Court to quash the decision of the Returning Officer and prevent the respondents from rejecting their nomination paper. It also seeks an interim order preventing the respondents from holding the Local Government elections in respect of the election of members to the Maharagama Urban Council until the final determination of this application.

The petition states that their nomination paper for the Maharagama Urban Council to the Returning Officer was rejected for not having met the requirements stipulated under Section 28 (2B) read with Section 31 of the Local Authorities Elections Act (as amended).

It pleaded that Section 28B is not a requirement to be complied by a political party but reads that, "The returning officer shall as soon as is practicable make a copy of each nomination paper received by him and display such copies of the nomination papers on his notice board."

It further stated that though the total number of women representatives was met as required by law, inadvertently a single woman representative's gender had been written as male as opposed to female. It pleaded that the rejection of their nomination papers is illegal, unlawful and unreasonable.

 

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