Cooray swears in new Mayor
By Harischandra Gunaratna

Mr. Uvais Mohamed Imtiaz, of the Independent Group 3, which won the majority of seats in the recently concluded Colombo Municipal Council elections, was yesterday sworn in as Colombo Mayor. UNP strongman Sirisena Coorey administered oaths.

Asked about the validity of taking oaths before Mr. Sirisena Cooray, Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya, Assistant Elections Commissioner,Colombo, said that any Justice of the Peace could administer oaths and as such the swearing in of Mr. Imtiaz was valid.

Meanwhile, highly placed Elections Department sources said that neither the country’s Constitution nor the Election Ordinance specify, before whom a Mayor should take his oaths. He said that according to the Constitution the President of the country should be sworn in by the Chief Justice and Judges of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court should be sworn in before the President.

In another twist, Mr. S. Rajendran, leader of Independent Group 3, who went missing from his home on Tuesday night, turned up yesterday morning. He said he was taken from his home by two unknown persons, put into a vehicle with tinted glasses and taken in a lift a to an upper floor of a building by the sea and questioned repeatedly on his next move. "I only insisted that I should be dropped back at my home. They dropped me near the Kotahena market on Friday. I do not know the identity of the two persons" he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vasudewa Nanayakkara, UPFA mayoral candidate said he would not like to raise any issue on this matter, but a JP swearing in a Mayor was quite in order that.


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