Person without O.L and A.Ls should not contest Prez polls: Ranawaka

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Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said it would be a grave insult to the educated strata of society if a person who had not even passed the Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations were given the nomination of the party to contest the upcoming presidential election.

He said the country needed a competent leader to ensure national security while building peace. He said the country was in dire need of a leader who could salvage the nation from its debt burden and transform it economically.

He said there were 16 million voters in the country and pointed out that five million of them did not identify themselves with any political party.

“They are the educated lot that will determine the future of this country,” he said.

He said it was their duty to listen to what these five million voters are looking for in nominating the candidate right for them.

Minister Ranawaka said a political movement should be formed to uphold democracy and then a programme of economic development needed to be evolved.

It is only then that a candidate should be fielded. “The caravan moves only when pulled by the ox, the caravan should not move ahead of the ox,” he said.

  Comments - 10

  • Lawry Monday, 22 July 2019 09:55 AM

    It gets interesting by the day!! Also educated swindlers should not contest.

    Jegath Monday, 22 July 2019 09:58 AM

    Most of the educated and clever Sri Lankans are in America,Britain,or Australia. If Sri Lanka is to change its path from how it had travelled in the last 70 years then we need a Sri Lankan from abroad to be the next President, otherwise it would be the same old story for the next 70 years.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 22 July 2019 10:53 AM

    Absolute truth.

    max Monday, 22 July 2019 10:06 AM

    Only electrical engineers who have stunning records in changing colors in politics?

    Bandu Wanigasekera Monday, 22 July 2019 11:01 AM

    Yes why not a total professional newcomer totally devoid of poltical party affiliation. Otherwise each side will scratch each others back as in the past.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 22 July 2019 11:03 AM

    In Germany, no one would have a chance to become president or chancellor without having a university degree. Almost all of them had or still have a doctorate. The last chancellor with only O-Level was Adolf Hitler.

    Sunil Monday, 22 July 2019 12:01 PM

    At least Sajith is not a notorious bank robber.

    KJ Monday, 22 July 2019 03:56 PM

    IT has to be a graduate fluent in English. We don't want a frog from a well.

    Sanje Bandara Monday, 22 July 2019 03:58 PM

    NO you are wrong!! A person without a degree from a recognized university should not be allowed to contest in polls.

    W.Katu Monday, 22 July 2019 07:43 PM

    Then why did you support Gamarala in the last election and this edith should apply in selecting M.Ps too


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