Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and President’s Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakse has been elected president of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka at its annual election of office-bearers held Wednesday (22).
Rajapakse, who contested against President Counsel Tirantha Walaliyadda and senior lawyer R.R. Thangaraja in a heated race for the position, won the election with a wide margin.
Rajapakse received 1,297 votes while his nearest opponent Waraliyadde received 676 votes at today’s election.
The election has become highly competitive with six senior lawyers including two President’s Councils are contesting for the posts of secretary and president of the Bar Association.
Around 11,000 members of the Bar Association are eligible to vote at the election that is to be held at 66 polling centers.
The general assembly of the Bar Association will take place on March 31 following the election.