The Supreme Court has adjourned further consideration of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the General Election date, until 10.00 am tomorrow. The petitions were taken up this morning, before Supreme Court’s five-member judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya. Mandatory provisions have been provided by the Constitution to fix a date for the parliamentary election and convene the new Parliament not later than 3 months from the dissolution of Parliament, the petitioners have argued. Accordingly, the President had published a Gazette notification on March 02, dissolving then-Parliament and the General Election was subsequently declared to be held on April 25. However, the Election Commission later decided to postpone the poll to June 20 due to the local outbreak of COVID-19 virus, they had pointed out. They have stressed that the Election Commission setting June 20 as the new date for the poll is against the provisions of the Constitution, adding that the failure to convene the new Parliament within 3 months of the dissolution of the previous Parliament, makes the Gazette issued by the President invalid.
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