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Polls in three Local Bodies suspended

Feb 18, 2011 10:10:06 AM - itnnews.lk

The Appeals Court has issued an injunction suspending the conduct of polls for the Akmeemana, Akuressa and Moneragala Pradeshiya Sabhas. Time has been granted for the conduct of talks with the Elections Chief on the possibility of re-accepting the related nomination papers.

The related parties had filed petitions in the Appeals Court with regard to the rejection of nominations. The United People’s Freedom Alliance filed petitions for the rejection of nominations for the Moneragala and Akmeemana Pradeshiya Sabhas. An Independent Group had filed a petition for rejection of its nominations for the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha. The Court gave the ruling after hearing these petitions.

According to the verdict, the injunction is valid until the completion of hearings on these petitions. The Freedom Alliance nominations had been turned down on the charge of not properly giving the pledge under the Constitution for fielding candidates over 35 years of age. The Attorney General took time from the Court to discuss with the Elections Chief and take a decision of re-accepting the nominations related to the petitions. About 20 petitions are due to be taken up for hearing. Deputy Solicitor General Shavendra Fernando said many of the nominations had been rejected to related issues and they needed to converse with the Elections Commissioner on the possibility of re-accepting these nominations. Accordingly the Appeals Court Judges Sathya Hettige and Upali Abeyratne permitted to take up for hearing all the related petitions on the 28th of this month. Also the Attorney General was ordered to intimate on this day the decision of the Elections Commissioner.