United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has requested all members attached to provincial councils and local bodies of the party to only support candidates who contest the general election under the elephant symbol.
In a letter addressed to all local government and provincial council members, he said they should support only those who were contesting under the elephant symbol.
"Since the party's working committee had approved a resolution to contest the election under the elephant symbol, all provincial council and local government members should support only those who contest under this symbol. Everyone in the party is bound to support the decision made by the working committee as per the party constitution. The party can take action against members who defy this decision under Section 3 (3) of the UNP constitution. We hope such an eventuality will not arise," he said.
As per the party constitution, the UNP General Secretary has the power to recommend action against any member who breaches party discipline. The General Secretary can recommend the party leader to take action on any member against whom complaints are received or if he feels a member had acted against the interests of the party.
Furthermore, the party constitution makes provision to refer the decision to the working committee for approval. At the same time, an offender should be given an opportunity to submit an explanation. (Yohan Perera)
DJ Thursday, 12 March 2020 09:25 AM
No one will heed your advice as you are crap
Kusal Thursday, 12 March 2020 10:52 AM
It's a bit difficult to support candidates under elephant! They're all squashed!
Anura Rajapakhsa Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:00 AM
Just wait and see the people's verdict this time. You all will be dumped to the dustbin.
saman Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:02 AM
You must be dreaming. Candidates under elephant will loose even their deposits. We feel sorry for you.
Sambo Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:02 AM
You will not have people to contest the up coming elections under the elephant symbol.
Anmanpan Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:09 AM
It will be the other way around. No one will vote for the elephant and it will be the Telephone people will vote for. Where is your leader, on MR lap.
Asdeen Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:22 AM
Mr. Akila. you are courtesy to understand that Samagi Balawegaya too approved under the UNP the working committee. You have no right threaten Grass root level UNP members.
malij Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:38 AM
Sajith is just a puppet of Maharaja.
Silvatha Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:24 PM
Pardon. I thought Ranil was the puppet, the unelectable leader of a fine party.
abeygunaratna Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:16 PM
Rules apply to members, not to voters
samson Thursday, 12 March 2020 01:07 PM
You must be dreaming. Elephant went out of the system sometime back.
lkboy Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:31 PM
bye bye. UNP's time is over.
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