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Procedures adopted by UNP for CMC polls valid – Ranil

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a statement Issued yesterday, said the election procedure adopted by the UNP with regard to the Colombo Municipal Council elections is valid.

Full text of statement:

"The main issue for the Colombo Municipal Elections is upholding of Article 25 of the International Covenant on Economic. Social and Cultural Rights which recognises that every citizen shall have the right and opportunity to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives. This right has been recognised by the Supreme Court in the Centre for Policy Alternatives (Guarantee) Ltd., case.

"The United National Party has put forward its list of candidates and is campaigning on the Independent list with the pair of spectacles as its symbol.

"The provisions in the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance, Chapter 262 govern the conduct of elections to local authorities including municipal councils.

"The Supreme Court has given its decision in respect of the provisions of the Provincial Council Elections Act No. 2 of 1988. A different scheme of elections was introduced in respect of Parliamentary elections by the amendment of the Constitution in 1988.

Thereafter, in 1990, Local Authorities Elections Ordinance was amended to introduce a different system. The terminology of the relevant sections of the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance is different from the Provincial Council Elections Act and the amendments to the Constitution.

"The Commissioner of Elections is not empowered to make any ruling on this issue. This election procedure adopted is valid." -IOL

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May 20, 2006 - Posted by | Media Journalism, News and politics, Press Release, South Asia, World News

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