Sri Lanka Court of Appeal orders election officers to accept rejected nomination lists

May 12, Colombo: delivering the verdict on the petitions filed against rejection of the nominations lists for 67 local government bodies, the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka today ordered the election officers to accept a number of those rejected nominations.

The ruling was issued by Court of Appeal President Jusitce Sathya Hettige and the judge Upali Aberathna after hearing a number of petitions filed by three political parties and several independent groups whose nominations were rejected by election officials.

The Court of ordered the Elections Commissioner and Returning Officers to accept all rejected 19 nomination papers for the local government elections by the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts.

Main reason for the rejections of the nominations of the UPFA was translational errors.

Courts have also ordered two nomination papers of the main opposition United National party (UNP) that were rejected also be accepted.

The Court ordered to accept the rejected nominations of Yatinuwara, Balangoda, Seruwila, Monaragala, Akurana, Polgahawela, Galnewa, Rajanganaya, Hingurakgoda, Ambilipitiya, Baddegama.

However, the Court of Appeal approved the rejection of nominations of some other local government bodies such as Homagama, Aththanagalla, Ukuwela and Ruwanwella, judiciary sources said.

Election for 67 local government bodies were postponed due to interim injunctions caused by petitions filed against the rejection of nominations.

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