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Petition filed before SC against holding polls on 20 June

A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commisison’s (EC) decision to hold polls on 20th June.

The petition has been filed by Attorney-at-Law Charitha Gunarathne.

The Petitioner seeks in this Application, an order quashing a decision taken by the EC to conduct the General Election 2020 on 20th June of this year by publishing the Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2172/3 dated 20-04-2020, and other decisions, actions, orders which are being taken, subsequent to the aforesaid Gazette, due to which the Fundamental Rights protected by the Constitution, enjoyed by the Petitioner, have been violated.

The further claims that the purported order published by the EC in the Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2172/03 dated 20-04-2020 is not constitutional.

The Petitioner further points out that should the EC continue the election the life of the people will be at a stake and the Right to Life which is the golden tread of each concept of human right shall have no value.

Chairman of the EC, Mahinda Deshapriya, Member of the EC , N. J. Abeysekera, Elections Secretariat Office, S. Rathnajeevan H. Hoole, Secretary to the President, P. B. Jayasundare, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe have been named as respondents in the petition.