The hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the date set by the Elections Commission to hold the General Election 2020 commenced for the fifth consecutive day today. The petitions were taken up before a five-member judge bench of the Supreme Court.
Seven parties including Attorney at Law Charitha Gunaratne, Center for Policy Alternatives, and Journalist Victor Ivan, Samagi Jana Balawegaya filed Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the election date set by the Elections Commission.
The Attorney General, on behalf of the President, Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, and Members of the Commission N. J. Abeysekara and Ratnajeevan Hoole have been named as respondents of the petition.
The Attorney General requested from the Supreme Court that the petition contains misinformation and contradictions and not to entertain the petition.
Further hearing of petitions filed against holding the election on 20 June has been postponed to Tuesday 26 May at 10. 00 am.