by Zacki Jabbar
The UNP’s Presidential candidate would be selected by the Working Committee (WC) and named after a date for the election was announced, senior party sources said, yesterday.
Asked when the WC would meet, sources said “Very Soon. But that will be to discuss the need for discipline and unity within the party and campaign for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Election, scheduled for October 11. Our presidential candidate will be named after a date for the election is announced.”
The sources said that the UNP was a national party that took decisions according to its constitution, which stipulated that its Presidential candidate should be the leader of the party, unless he or she declined or was not fit to undertake a rigorous campaign.
“We are not a three wheel-party where members appoint themselves as candidates at public meetings organised by them,” they noted, adding that Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would submit his application for the post of Presidential candidate to the WC shortly.