- Thursday, 13 November 2014
There is a plan by the opposition to field both former president Chandrika Kumaratunga and UNP’s leadership council chairman Karu Jayasuriya as candidates at the upcoming presidential polls, once the date for the election is announced on November 19, reports say.
Both Chandrika and Karu are being fielded as a countermeasure, if the elections commissioner rejects the former’s nomination based on the Supreme Court decision.
As reported by us previously, the SC decision sent to the president is being kept a secret as it says ex-president Kumaratunga cannot contest.
Although leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva informed parliament of the decision, the entire SC document was not tabled for the perusal of the opposition. Despite calls by the opposition to table it, the government is avoiding it due to the above reason.
If the former president’s nomination is rejected by the elections commissioner, Karu will contest as the common candidate. If her nomination is accepted, Karu will withdraw his nomination, paving the way for her to contest the election.
Posted by Thavam