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Supreme Court quashes FR petition seeking delay of Presidential Polls

July 08, Colombo (LNW): A five-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya today (08) dismissed the fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by businessman C.D. Lenawa.

The petition sought to delay the calling of a Presidential Election until the Supreme Court provided clarity on the election date.

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court concluded hearings on both the FR petition and intervening petitions. The verdict was announced at 12.30 p.m. today.

Lenawa filed the petition last Wednesday, requesting an interim order to halt the Presidential Election scheduled within the current timeframe until the court clarified the election date.

Alongside Chief Justice Jayasuriya, the bench included Justices Vijith Malalgoda, Murdu Fernando, Preethi Padman Surasena, and S. Thurairaja. Four other intervention petitions were also filed related to the FR petition, involving the National People’s Power (NPP), Wasantha Mudalige from the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF), Wimal Weerawansa from the National Freedom Front (NFF), and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).

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