UNP application dismissed

By Chitra Weeraratne

The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the Writ Application, filed by UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, challenging the acceptance of the UPFA nominations to contest the Town Council of Chilaw at the March 17 local government elections. The petition said that the youth candidate, Chalindu Diman de Silva, was underage and his name was not included in the electoral list of 2008.

The Court upheld a preliminary objection taken by the Counsel for the UPFA, Nihal Jayamanne PC, and dismissed the Writ Application.

Jayamanne said that the nomination papers did not fall within Section 31 (1) of the Local Authorities Election Act. The papers were in order and were accepted by the Returning Officer on the due date, as they had been properly done.

The Bench comprised Justices Sathya Hettige (President) and Upali Abeyratne.

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