Karu files petition:
Seeks guidelines for free and fair poll
UNP deputy leader and former MP Karu Jayasuriya filed a rights
application in the Supreme Court seeking to formulate guidelines and
measures to ensure a free and fair election. He complained of rights
violations of the petitioner and those of voters by the conduct of the
respondent Election Commissioner.
The petitioner has attached a set of guidelines which could be
considered in the formulation of the guidelines and measures with regard
to the conduct of the General Election.
The petitioner sought interim orders to formulate and publish
guidelines within one week. He also asked for an interim order directing
the respondents to inform the Court about institutions and persons who
refuse to abide by the guidelines issued by the Court.
Petitioner stated the Election Commissioner despite the agreement to
use pens to mark votes, allowed to use pencils at the Presidential
Election. He also stated that the Election Commissioner has revoked the
competent authority appointed to monitor the State media, without taking
further steps according to law when these institutions disobeyed the
The petitioner also pointed out that the Election Commissioner asked
party representatives not to make any more complaints when he found that
his orders to remove hoardings were not carried out by the IGP. However,
after the conclusion of the election the commissioner had thanked the
IGP for assisting him.
The petitioner cited the Election Commissioner and the Attorney
General as respondents.