Elections monitoring bodies yet again called on the Election Commission to use powers afforded to it by the Constitution and via case law to hold elections in 60 Local Government authorities which are free of any issues related to delimitation.
In a letter to the Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya and Members of the Commission, President’s Counsel N.J. Abeysekara and Prof. S. Rathnajeevan H. Hoole, the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) argued that the number of wards and members to be elected to them could be calculated in conformity with the original gazette notification made by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.
“The representation of women, too, could be determined in proportion, Executive Director of PAFFREL,” Rohana Hettiarachchi pointed out.
He explained that in the judgment of Karunathilaka and Another vs. Dayananda Dissanayake, Commissioner of Elections and Others case (1998), the Supreme Court had clearly spelt out that the independence of the Commissioner of Elections was constitutionally guaranteed and that therefore he/ she could fearlessly act on all aspects of holding an election. (RLJ)