The JVP yesterday called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to reconvene Parliament, without letting the country slide into a constitutional crisis.
Addressing the media online, from the party headquarters in Pelawatte, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said President Rajapaksa was vested with power to reconvene Parliament and he should do so.
Dissanayake said: “As per the constitutional provisions, Parliament could not be shut for more than three months. Parliament was dissolved, on March 02, and an election should be held, and Parliament should meet by June 02. The date was fixed for April 25 to hold elections and later it was postponed by the Elections Commission, until further notice. After the constitutional issue cropped up, the Elections Commission has stated that it would be extremely difficult for them to hold elections, by June 02, as per the pandemic situation prevailing in the country. The Elections Commission has also suggested that the President should consult the Supreme Court and ask for its opinion what should be done at such a critical situation.
“The President, through his secretary, responded that he did not think that there would be reason for preventing an election by June 28. The reply letter indicates the willingness of the President to hold an election by that date. Holding an election in such a jiffy would be undemocratic and people would not be able to practice their right to franchise freely. On the other hand, it is the Elections Commission’s prerogative to determine the date for the elections, once it had been postponed. The President’s reply indicates a possibility of holding an election by May 10. It is clear that President and the government are at loggerheads with the Elections Commission for it postponed the election. Now the elections are to be held for the need of a single group. The government should not hold elections and we will lead people against the government arbitrary decision.”