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Seeking SC opinion again on President’s term of office is symptomatic to aversion of elections: GL Peiris

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Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Professor G.L. Peiris has criticized that any move to seek an opinion from the Supreme Court is symptomatic of aversion to elections.

He made this observation speaking to the media. He was referring to the statement made by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Dayasiri Jayasekara that they were planning to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court when President Maithripala Sirisena’s term would expire.

Peiris stated:

“Those who were close to President Maithripala Sirisena were damaging the reputation of the president and the institution of the executive presidency.

The 19th amendment reduced the term of the President from six to five years. Jayasekera’s argument is that the 19th amendment to the constitution was certified by the Speaker on June 21, 2015. Therefore, the starting date of the President’s term is that, they argue. But this is the same argument they tried to make when they asked the Supreme Court to determine whether Sirisena’s current tenure is five or six years. The court shot this down and there is no basis for this argument because the term starts the day he took oath.

Eight out of nine provincial councils are defunct. No one knows when the provincial council elections would take place. The government delayed the local council election for two and a half years and now it is trying to prolong the presidential election. The SLPP will fight this in Parliament, on the roads and internationally."

 

 

 

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