Deputy Speaker election by secret ballot

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SJB MP Rohini Kaviratne and SLPP’s Ajith Rajapakse have been nominated for the post of Deputy Speaker.

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa on his twitter handle stated that MP Rohini Kaviratne was a more suitable choice for the post.

Following a party discussion, SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam agreed to nominate Rajapakseto the post.

In this backdrop, it is reported that a heated debate is expected to take place to appoint the Deputy Speaker tomorrow (17).With two names being nominated for the post, the Speaker has been prompted to hold a secret ballot.

Former Deputy Speaker, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya’s  resignationafter re-election sparked controversy in recent days.

BY Thameenah Razeek