The Supreme Court decision on whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for a third term was dispatched to the President last afternoon by a full Bench of Supreme Court Judges, State Radio reported this morning.
The Supreme Court Bench comprised Chief Justice Mohan Pieris PC, Justice K. Sripavan, Justice Chandra Ekanayake, Justice Priyasath Dep PC, Justice Eva Wanasundara, Justice Rohini Marasinghe, Justice B.P. Aluvihara, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Sarath de Abrew and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena PC.
Earlier, the President sought a determination from the Supreme Court whether he has any impediment to be elected to the office of President for a further term by appealing to the people for a mandate after his second term in office. The matter was taken up for consideration by a full Bench of judges presided over by Chief Justice Mohan Peiris PC.
The President made the request in terms of provision 129 (I) of the Constitution.
The President sought a determination whether he, in terms of Article 31 of the Constitution as amended by the 18th Amendment, has any impediment after the expiration of four years from the date of commencement of his second term in office on the 19th of November 2010 to declare by proclamation his intention of appealing to the people for a mandate to hold office as President by election for a further term.
Whether in terms of the provisions of the Constitution, he as the incumbent President serving his second term of office on the date the 18th Amendment was enacted has any impediment to be elected for a further term in office.