An application was filed at the Elections Commission to register a party named Patriotic United National Party (PUNP) yesterday under the ‘heart’ symbol.
PUNP comprises a breakaway faction of the UNP that pledged support to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the 2019 presidential election. The application was filed by Sugath Hewapathirana.
“I heard that Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa wants to form an alliance under the ‘heart’ symbol but I formed this party some time back and I want to use the heart symbol because it has not yet been taken.”
The alliance led by Premadasa too wants to use the ‘heart’ symbol, but the Elections Commission has said that symbols could be given to an alliance only after the declaration of an election.