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Special Notice

Date :- 2019.08.09

Hearing of Reference 01/2019

will be at 10.00 A.M on Friday 23rd August 2019.

The  Letter sent to the President of Bar Association is pasted hereto.


09th August 2019

The President,

Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Colombo 12.



I have been directed by His Lordship the Chief Justice to inform you that His Excellency the President in terms of Article 129 (1) of the Constitution, has referred to this Court the following questions for its consideration and for an opinion to be submitted to His Excellency on or before 30th August. 2019.

(a)    In view of the Review Committee failing to submit its  report to me in accordance  with sub sections (13) and (14) of Section 3A  of the Provincial Councils Elections  Act No. 2 of 1988 as amended by  Act No. 17 of 2017, whether, I, as President, can by proclamation forthwith publish  the new number of electorates, the boundaries and names assigned to each electorate so created in terms  of the report  of the Delimitation Committee submitted  to the Minster  Assigned the  subject of Provincial Councils?


(b)   Whether, the Provincial Councils Elections can be held under the Provincial Councils Elections Act No. 2 of 1988 as amended by Act No. 17 of 2017, once the Proclamation referred t in (a) above is published?


(c)    Whether in the absence of such inability to hold such Provincial Council elections in terms of the present law, the said provincial council elections can be held under the law that was in force prior to the enactment of the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017in view of section 6(2) of the Interpretation Ordinance?

I have been further directed to request you to inform the membership, that written submissions (original with five copies) in respect of the above questions along with a written notice of intention to  intervene will be entertained at the Registry of the Supreme Court until 12.00 noon of Wednesday 21st August 2019 and a Hearing for oral submissions of Counsel (maximum of thirty minutes each), will be held at 10.00 A.M on Friday 23rd, August 2019.



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