UPFA National List challenged

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By S.S.Selvanayagam
Former Parliamentarian of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), which is one of the five constituent parties of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday (26) filed a Fundamental Rights petition challenging the nomination of the UPFA National List Parliamentarians.DM_20150827_A001-15

Petitioner D.D. Somaweera Chandrasiri cited Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, UPFA General Secretary Prof. Vishwa Warnapala, its former General Secretary Susil Premajyantha, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, Attorney General and others as Respondents.

The Petitioner states the UPFA is an alliance of five political parties (MEP, DVJP, SLMP, SLFP and EPDP and that the very inception the said Alliance was functioning in a transparent and democratic manner and all the decisions were taken and all appointments were made with the consensus of all the constituent parties.

“Prior to the General Elections, the members of the UPFA started to behave in two rival fractions on the basis of their apparent allegiance expressed either to the incumbent President and former President,” the petition says.

Susil Premajayantha in his capacity as the Secretary of the said Alliance submitted a list of names including the Petitioners’ for the national list, he states.

Prof. Vishwa Warnapala was appointed by the incumbent President without consulting the other parties of the UPFA, the petitioner says.

“Prof. Vishwa Warnapala later submitted another set of names for the National List with some of the persons, who were defeated at the elections and thereby Constitutionally rejected and refused by the people as unqualified to be the members of Parliament,” he bemoans.
“There were no justifiable mean or reason for the general voter to anticipate and legitimately expect prior to the date of election that the names containing in the first list would be replaced by the candidates who would be defeated by the people at the elections,” he aggrieves.

He is seeking the Court for a declaration that he is entitled to be nominated as qualified to be elected as a member of the Parliament submitted according to the 1st list.

He is also seeking the Court to cancel and or quash the declaration made by the Elections Commissioner to the effect that persons in the 2nd list are qualified to be elected as members of Parliament.