Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has dismissed all Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions challenging the dissolution of Parliament and General Election to be held on 20th June.
These include the petitions challenging the date of the General Election announced by the National Election Commission (June 20) and the gazette issued by the President dissolving Parliament among other petitions.
In total 7 petitions and 13 intervening petitions were filed by Att.-at-Law Charitha Gunaratne, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), journalist Victor Ivan along with seven others, General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Ranjith Madduma Bandara and former MPs Kumara Welgama and Patali Champika Ranawaka.
Subsequently, a five judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira De Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda was appointed to consider the FR petitions.
Election Commission will decide the Election date to be announced tomorrow after the commission meeting the Commission Chairman said after the court decision.