The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, has agreed and granted their approval for the formation of a national government. The acting secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party had stated that when working committee of the SLFP converged they had given their consent and had put it forward to President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Elections Secretariat stated that the names of the winning 196 candidates will be sent to the government printer to be officially gazetted this evening. The names of the other MPs mentioned on the national list are to be handed in by the relevant party secretary’s within a week of results being officially declared.
Meanwhile the JVP had hit a discord when the Anura Kumara Dissanayake led party had included the name of Sunil Handunneththi on the national list along with the name of Sarathchandra Mayadunne. This meant that Chrishmal Warnasuriya whose name was second on the list had to be scrapped off to accommodate Handunheththi who earlier was not elected when he contested from the Kalutara District.
Warnasuriya however had posted the following comment on his Facebook page “My dear Anura; I sincerely hope that you had a REASON for doing what you just did, I am deeply perplexed as none have been explained to me! However, now that you have taken this step, I will expect you to appreciate that I too will have to EXPLAIN all of this to the many who supported us, and who are now inquiring of me – WHY? ”
Subsequently Warnasuriya posted and tendered a public apology to his supporters.
The UNFGG candidate from Colombo Rosy Senanayake who also failed to secure a seat contesting from the Colombo District, has had resounding support from her lobbyists who are egging Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to include more names of female candidates through the national list. A petition doing its rounds on social media seeking signatures at present has seen a mixed reaction to this campaign.
” Let’s not start back door manoeuvres when it suits us and criticize when it does not… If back door manoeuvres are wrong when MR did it… it is also wrong If and when MS or RW does it. For example when Mervyn Silva lost the election some time back and was brought through the National list there were howls of protest…. It was wrong then and this too is wrong if they do!! The new culture has to be shown in action not words. Continuing the wrongs done previously is not the way” stated a comment.
“Only 11 women elected to this parliament. Last parliament had 13.” women rights campaigners say.