Unlike ours, Pakistan EC goes to SC: SLPP

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today Pakistan’s Election Commission Chairman had appealed to that country's Supreme Court about election-related matters, but our EC Chairman had failed to do so though the LG elections were being inordinately delayed.

Party Chairman G.L. Peiris said in Sri Lanka it were the common citizens filing lawsuits in the Supreme Court seeking an order on holding elections.

Commenting on Justice Mark Fernando’s 1998 judgement, he said the Judge ruled that elections should not be delayed and that the then Elections Department could take independent decisions.

“The Elections Commission should not wait for another year to take action with regard to the postponing of elections. It should act now and carry out its duties and responsibilities,” he told a news briefing.

Mr. Peiris said the SLPP was repeatedly questioned and asked to submit several documents and emails prior to being registered as a political party, but the EC had failed to identify Shalila Moonesinghe as a Britisher.

“We are not opposed to the EC asking us questions but what is surprising is that it had not been able to identify a Britisher appointed as the chairman of a political party which fielded two presidential candidates,” he said.

Mr. Peiris said the government fears an election defeat and therefore keeps postponing elections. “We urge the EC to hold elections for local government bodies and provincial councils at the earliest,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Duminda Tuesday, 24 October 2017 10:38 PM

    I am sorry, you're talking about MR's time?.

    sach Wednesday, 25 October 2017 01:59 PM

    Did MR ever postpone elections?

    Bala Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:00 PM

    He knows how to give half truths and justify.A. Paki cnstitution EC powers not same as ours.B. Since 1988 many changes to constitution.C. Documents and emails prior to registration - did they have specific question if party head non-citizen ?D. Assertion govt afraid to have elections only your opinion.

    sanjeeva Wednesday, 25 October 2017 12:49 AM

    The old Professor just keeps saying so he is noticed and be active. He should retire and sleep at home. I remember the GL Pieris - Neelan Tiruchelvam constitution gave wider powers and a federal model. GL speaks according to his own retirement plans and not for the benefit of our country.

    Kadiya Wednesday, 25 October 2017 06:40 AM

    So what if the EC is in the govt's pocket, wasn't the last fellow in your's until he's had enough and retired against all odds?????

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:07 AM

    BECAUSE OUR EC CHAIRMAN IS REMOTE CONTROLLED.

    A.C.B. Jayaweera Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:39 AM

    Professor, you are losing your brain balance, be careful, go for treatment.

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:49 AM

    NO VISIBLE MISSIONS IN SRILANKAN COMMISSIONS , ONLY OMISSIONS.

    Dotard Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:49 AM

    You guys, neither held elections nor go to any court!!

    Kaboos Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:31 AM

    You are absolutely right GL but you did not mention in Pakistan minimum qualification to enter parliament is only degree holder.

    Renu Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:52 AM

    Nutty Prof It is coming up on the 27th Jan 2018. Are you contesting from SLPP with MR. Great when there is a split in the SLFP, You will go Nuttier after the Election

    gamini Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:54 AM

    so does this old man want Pakistan type elections to be held in this country-no the people of this country do not want that

    alex Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:55 AM

    The clergy in Pakistan does not interfere with Constitution making. So will you please advice your BOSS and Maha Sangha the same

    Sincere Wednesday, 25 October 2017 12:53 PM

    He has now forgotten how he went to SC to oust the Hon CJ! The cause may be dementia!


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