UNP presidential candidate to be announced day after tomorrow - Ranil, Sajith and Karu agree during the meeting
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 8:17
It has been reported that prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, deputy leader of the UNP Sajith Premadasa and speaker Karu Jaysuriya have arrived at a decision to announce the presidential candidate of the UNP day after tomorrow.
A second round of discussions were held at the speakers official residence last night regarding the presidential candidate.
The selecting of a candidate for the presidential election is to be held tomorrow during a special UNP functional committee meeting at the Sirikota party headquarters.
According to the UNP constitution the nominations committee appointed by the functional committee is to inform the functional committee of the presidential candidate.
Besides the nominees submitted by the nominations committee, if there are any other presidential candidates who wish to contest, according to the party constitution an election should be held amongst the functional committee members.
Meanwhile, the UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was summoned before the presidents commission investigating fraud and corruption in state institutions from 2015-2018 yesterday.
This was pertaining to a complaint filed regarding discrepancies that had taken place when providing vouchers instead of school uniforms for school students and tab computers.
Following his statement, minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam expressed his views to the media stating that the presidential candidate from the party will be announced within the next two days.