Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva who made a public confession that a certain mistake he made while holding his post caused turmoil in the country today, tendered an apology to the nation yesterday.
“Mr. Silva who was speaking at a public seminar organized by the JVP in Colombo last evening said he did not do anything to prevent the present government from going for a snap presidential election when he delivered a judgment with regard to a candidate who was running for national election 2005.
“I met a JVP member at the Narahenpita pola recently and he asked me as to why I did not give the right judgment in 2005 and I could not answer him. But today I tender an apology for it. I am very sorry,” he said.
He also said that the government could not hold a snap presidential election according to the third amendment to the Constitution. He said whoever serving the second term as an executive president under section 31 3(d) of the constitution, he has to complete the full six year term.
Further Mr. Silva said the incumbent president could not contest for a third time unless the clause in the Constitution which makes the incumbent president disqualified as a candidate in a presidential election is removed.(Yohan Perera)