Court dismisses writ application against holding local elections
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 February 2006, 18:18 GMT]
The Court of Appeal Wednesday afternoon dismissed the second
Writ application filed by the main opposition United National Party (UNP)
Tuesday afternoon against holding the local government elections.
Mr.N.V.K.Weragoda, General Secretary of the UNP filed the second Writ of
Prohibition seeking the Court of Appeal to prohibit the Commissioner of
Elections from holding the local government elections until such time 2005
Voters Registers are prepared and published in terms of Local Authorities
Election Ordinance. The petitioner cited the Commissioner of Elections as
the respondent, legal sources said.
The first Writ application, which came up for inquiry Tuesday was withdrawn
when the Appeal Court said it has no power to inquire into the suit that
has not sought interim injunction on accepting nominations for the
forthcoming local government election. The Court of Appeal gave time till
Tuesday afternoon 4 p.m. to submit a fresh Writ application with required
amendments, legal sources said.
The petitioner submitted the second Writ application as instructed by the
Court of Appeal and that Writ was taken up for inquiry Wednesday afternoon
before a two-member Bench comprising Justices K.Siripavan and Sisira de
Abrew, legal sources said.
The second writ application was dismissed, as it had not cited the Minister
of Local Government and District Returning Officers as respondents. However
the court directed the petitioner to bring any objections to court before
February 22 if he is not satisfied with its order, legal sources said.