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Claiming that the President had no right to express his opinion on the legality of declaring the Local Government election JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday if there was any issue with regard to the declaration of the election, it should be resolved in the Courts.

He told a news conference that if the elections commission had not acted lawfully, the President could go to court and said the opinion of the President was not the law of the country.

"The elections commission declared the election on January 5. The commission accepted deposits and nominations. The election date was announced on January 21 and dates for postal voting were announced. The election commission says all these measures are constitutional and legal. The election has been gazetted by the respective District Secretaries. The President lied in Parliament just to fulfil his ulterior motives," he said.

The MP said the President claimed that some opposition MPs requested him to postpone the election and pointed out that even if such a request was made, the President had no powers to postpone the election.

"The President has no powers to postpone the election even if all the 225 MPs submitted a letter to postpone the election. Only the election commission can decide on an election," he said.

He said the court decision on the election has no barrier to hold the LG polls and added that the elections commission could hold the election as per its undertaking to the Courts.

Dissanayake said he requested all the political parties, organisations and people to come foward to defeat the moves of the President against democracy and franchise of the people. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 10

  • Prof. Jayaraj Kanagasabai Saturday, 25 February 2023 09:16 AM

    Dissa, most of the Tamil votes 70% from North

    Denver Saturday, 25 February 2023 09:32 AM

    Surely any had the right to comment and express their views? Or is it NPP policy to silence that right?

    Gihan Saturday, 25 February 2023 10:06 AM

    This statement us a joke. If an administrative officer knows that the laid down policy or procedure has not been followed he can make a decision accordingly. He does not need to go an get his bosses or the boards confirmation on it. If the party who has been turned down has a grievance they could take up the matter of the decision made further. The same principle applies to the situation at hand. The president and his staff have the right to access based on their knowledge and interpretation of due process was followed and act accordingly. If an affected party has a grievance that could take it up further, if the courts need be. A person who does not understand these basics seems to be making this statement, or it's mischief in the making.

    Ram Saturday, 25 February 2023 11:09 AM

    President il-advised the staff and that is the issue here

    cineha Saturday, 25 February 2023 01:18 PM

    Ranil was respected for his behavior at the Parliament all these days. He talks to the point and that too whenever necessary only. But his last appearance make him another ordinary politician

    Buddhist Saturday, 25 February 2023 06:35 PM

    One day when the Govt changes, the new Govt should appoint an independent commission and inquire into the actions of the President, PM, Speaker, EC, and Secretaries to the treasury, and CB and take legal action for their violations of the constitution.

    GHT Saturday, 25 February 2023 10:59 PM

    Anura Kumara must understand that without the ORDER of the United States, we can not hold election, as every one is aware that Ranil is a figure head leader appointed by the US to meet their mission of creating Tamil EELAM, that should be fulfilled under the US ORDER on Ranil, to which he was appointed President of Sri Lanka sans any legal voting held.

    Religion against science is legal here Sunday, 26 February 2023 05:56 AM

    In Sri Lanka there is limited truth in politics and probably generally in whole of society too. When religion is involved in Constitution, religion that is against science deceiving society should be expected.

    Lal Silva Sunday, 26 February 2023 10:25 AM

    There is a question whether the public wants a vote, because of current hardships! Chicken and egg situation, need a vote to see whether want a vote! So someone outside need to decide! Only the president can do it! Not the courts, who scrutinize the law, but laws are written to prevent bankruptcy, but not how to handle after bankruptcy! Laws should be responsible, just and well defined, but bankruptcy is a chaotic! So the president is theoretically a dictator! Cannot help!

    Bandu Abey Sunday, 26 February 2023 03:35 PM

    Can people take (R) president to Courts of Law against his interference on holding Elections in due time.

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