President to consult Supreme Court on term-of-office today, elections uncertain?

President to consult Supreme Court on term-of-office today, elections uncertain?

19 September 2019 10:16 am

President Maithripala Sirisena is to consult the Supreme Court of the end of his term of office today (19), reports said. 

We earlier reported that all the necessary documents had been prepared about two weeks ago and that for some reason it was postponed.

However, the President has decided to consult the Supreme Court shortly after the gazette notification was issued yesterday (18) announcing the Presidential Election.

The Supreme Court had ruled that President Sirisena's term of office is not six years but five years as per the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. However, the argument conveyed from the President's side was that the term of office shall be in effect from the date the Amendment stands in effect, the date Speaker signed for the 19th Amendment. The Speaker had signed for the 19th Amendment on May 15, 2015, for which a legal argument was conveyed that the President's term of office shall remain until May 15, 2020. 


Will calling for nomination be postponed?

This being a rather complicated constitutional interpretation, the Supreme Court may convey the final decision upon review. 

However, the President has the legal right to suspend the nomination and seek an interim injunction until the Supreme Court hearing on this opinion is concluded.