Supreme Court rejects Fonseka’s Presidential Election petition

The five member Supreme Court bench rejected the petition filed by Sarath Fonseka regarding the Presidential Election. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition by upholding on a preliminary objection raised on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sarath Fonseka who filed the election petition while in detention at the Navy Headquarters had asked the Supreme Court to order the Election Commissioner and his staff to re-count the ballots cast at the January 26 Presidential election and that it be done in the presence of the petitioner and the other 21 candidates or their authorized representatives.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday(25) filed objections against the election petition filed by Presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka challenging the election of Rajapaksa as the President for the second term.

Counsel appearing for the respondents presented their preliminary objections and stated that the petitioners had not put forward proper facts related to the charges mentioned in the petition.

The preliminary objection stated that the petitioner had not requested for the result of the presidential election to be annulled but instead asked to be declared as president, adding that the election was rife with corruption and was not fair.

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