Therefore, the President has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the actual term of office. According to the powers vested on the President under the Constitution, the President has the right to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court." The former Presidents who held office had also sought the opinion of the Supreme Court during their tenures. Meanwhile the Supreme Court has stated that it would convey its decision on President Maithripala Sirisenas' term of office to the President. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court heard arguments over a request made by President Sirisena from the Supreme Court for an opinion on whether he can stay in office as President for six years – till 2021.
Source: Sunday Times January 11, 2018 14:26 UTC