Select candidate through secret ballot

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The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today the presidential candidate of the United National Front (UNF) should be selected without any delay and through a secret ballot by its parliamentary group.

JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told a news conference that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa were proposed to run for presidency and that one of them should be nominated through a secret ballot by 106 members representing the government including members of minority parties and 77 UNP MPs.

He said the UNP was given time to nominate its presidential candidate through an internal procedure but it was getting delayed and that further delays would be unjust on the part of the UNF supporters.

“The UNF was able to come to an agreement on its Constitution on August 24. The UNP was asked to nominate its presidential candidate and inform it to constituent parties by the end of August but to no avail. It is more democratic to select the candidate through a secret ballot by the parliamentary group in the government. They have been elected from the people’s mandate. People should respect the decision and support the selected candidate without pulling his leg. The Elections Commission has the authority to announce the presidential election between September 15 and October 3. The President should be elected before December 8,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 8

  • Era Monday, 16 September 2019 11:58 PM

    Absolutely... UNP Procastinnation in all decisions has cost them very badly over the last 25 years

    Ram Tuesday, 17 September 2019 02:24 AM

    RW unlikely to agree to this unless the working committee too is made voters on the issue

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 17 September 2019 03:42 AM

    Fellows like this are used to stabbing behind the back, if one is a peoples representative one should not fear to announce or state one's preference or vote publicly in an ethical

    Chux Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:08 AM

    Very true

    Where is democracy Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:53 AM

    Correct, it should be done this way for the country to forward.

    Buwa Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:00 AM

    lol the state of UNP. Three wheel parties demanding now.

    Man Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:25 AM

    Champika is quite correct. That is what democracy is and that is what Ranil hates. It is the issue of the UNP.

    Yehiya Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:36 AM

    Sajith not suitable, no professionalism, entertain the gallery. Need a man with professional backgrounds. Country need professionalism.


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