Sep 03, 2019

UNP election operations entrusted to Sajith! Featured

The Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections are scheduled to be held prior to the Presidential elections and the UNP leadership has decided to entrust the election operations to Sajith Premadasa, according to sources at the Prime Minister’s office.

This source said that this would be an antecedent to winning the presidential election and as such the proposal would be presented at the UNP Working Committee meeting and approved.

As the Premadasa faction persistently claims he has the grassroots level support, the party leadership has taken the decision to give him this opportunity to prove his claim.

In 2011 the UPFA obtained 09 seats and established power of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha.

The party won 24,035 votes, while the UNP won 14,277 securing 4 seats. The JVP won 1 seat having secured 1,671 votes.

Sajith’s preparation

Meanwhile, based on information that the Sajith faction would be given responsibility of the upcoming election campaign, they are said to be getting themselves geared to meet the challenge.

Accordingly, they are preparing to hold a Local Government conference in Colombo on September 07th.

Minister Ajith P. Perera of the UNP Sajith faction had expressed the following views in an FB post.

Election on October 11th

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has decided to hold the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections on October 11, it is reported.

According to Election Commission sources, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya was scheduled to issue the relevant Gazette notification last night.

The Supreme Court issued an order to the Election Commission on August 30th to hold the Elpitiya PS elections.

After the nominations filed by the Democratic United National Front for the LG election in 2017 was rejected, the party had filed a petition in the Supreme Court, to which this verdict was issued.

Presidential nominations after announcement of Presidential election

Meanwhile, it is reported that Prime Minister and Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe is of the firm stand that the presidential nominee would be announced only after the presidential election is officially announced.

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