UNP violated democratic right of people: CaFFE

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:13 PM May 5 2021
Local UNP violated democratic right of people: CaFFE

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has directed a letter to the General Secretary of the United National Party requesting that a suitable candidate be appointed to fill the vacancy in the National List immediately and to ensure that the democratic rights of the people be respected.

CaFFE says in a press release that the UNP has violated the democratic rights of the people by not appointing anyone to the National List.

Ahmed Manas, the organisation's executive director, said the party was undermining the democratic rights of the people due to internal party crises.

"It is very unfortunate that no representative has been nominated for the UNP's National List seat even though it has been seven months since the General Election. This situation has had an impact on representative democracy. In particular, we call for the immediate appointment of a suitable member to fill the vacancies on the National List and to respect the democratic rights of the people. ”

He also pointed out that the failure to nominate a Member of Parliament for the National List seat reflects the political anarchy of the UNP.

"It is clear that the main reason for not appointing a Member of Parliament for the National List seat so far is the internal crisis in the party, but we are of the view that the voters who voted for you are not responsible for those crises," CaFFE mentions in a letter to the UNP General Secretary.

According to the publicised UNP national list, CaFFE says that although the name of John Amaratunga has been mentioned at the beginning, it has not been confirmed yet.

The United National Party, which polled 249,485 votes at the General Election held on 05 August 2020, won only one National List seat with 2.15% of the vote.

Additionally, although the party recently announced that it would nominate UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for the post, Wickremesinghe has not responded to the claim.

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:13 PM May 5 2021

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