by Zacki Jabbar
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a proper analysis of the recent local government election results would reveal that the UNP remains the “single strongest party” in the country.
Admitting that the UNP had suffered a setback at the February 10 polls, mainly due to the cost of living, Wickremesinghe said yesterday that it had the ability to increase its vote base at the next election on its own.
The PM emphasised that the UNP was committed to the concept of a national government, in accordance with the people’s mandates received at the last presidential and general elections, and had the ability to rule with its like minded allies, being the single strongest party in Parliament as well.
The Prime Minister said that due to a large number of hung local bodies emerging at the February 10 Local Polls, discussions would be held among all stakeholders, to see how best the electoral system could be improved.
With regard to reorganisation of the UNP, Wickremesinghe explained that he was awaiting the Election Commission’s official list of elected local councillors, prior to initiating the process.
Leadership of the party would be handed over to the new generation. Therefore it was important to assess the performance of UNP candidates at the grassroots level, he added.