Sri Lanka’s main opposition to appoint National Organizer on May 3

Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the National Organizer would be appointed when the party’s Working Committee meets on May 3 as the deadline for the appointment of office bearers expires today.

UNP Spokesperson and parliamentarian Gayantha Karunatileka says the new Working Committee is to meet on May 3 and the National Organizer would be appointed then.

The new party constitution stated that all office bearers and the new Working Committee had to be appointed by today (12).

However, Karunatileka has told the media that there was no constitutional issue over the appointment of a National Organizer at the next Working Committee meeting.

Appointment of the National organizer post has been embroiled in dispute as the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe proposing the name of MP Ravi Karunanayaka while the deputy leader Sajith Premadasa has nominated MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara for the post.

Premadasa recently alleged that Wickremasinghe has violated the democratic processes of the new constitution and the fundamental rights of Madduma Bandara.

“He has violated the democratic processes of the new constitution. However while violating rules of the new constitution he made sure that a national organizer was not appointed through the interim working committee. According to what I can see, the fundamental rights of Ranjith Maddumabandara have been violated.” Premadasa has said.

“The leader exercised his powers and appointed the General Secretary as well as the treasurer. The main positions in the party were filled within three days. However when it came to appointing the national organizer, we saw a policy of procrastination,” he has said.

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