The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an order for authorities to hold the local government election. The Supreme Court has fixed the case for support on October 7.
PAFFREL has filed the petition citing Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha, the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry Secretary, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and nine others as the respondents.
In the petition, PAFFREL said that the Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister have continuously postponed the election which was to be held in 2015 and 2016. “By postponing the election, which allows Sri Lankan citizens to select their representatives to the local government institutions, the Minister has denied and restricted the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka,” PAFFREL said.