Shiromala, the first Adiwasi to be a people’s rep

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DM-1 By A. Piyathilaka   

For the first time in Sri Lanka’s political history, an Adiwasi was elected as a people’s representative from the multi-member ward of Henanigala under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the local council elections to the Dehiattakandiya PS.

 

Shiromala said there were many unresolved problems faced by the members of her community  

 

W.M. Shiromala, is a 37-year-old mother of three and had passed the GCE (O/L) examination. She polled 1,369 votes as the first to be elected from an Adiwasi community.   


Shiromala said there were many unresolved problems faced by the members of her community.   


“I cannot settle all those problems but I will try my best to settle at least some of them. That is why I was elected as a representative by the members of our community and others. Therefore, I won’t breach that confidence. In the same way, my only hope is to contest at the provincial council and parliamentary elections, which will be held in future,” she said.   


Shiromala said she would give her fullest support for the country’s development, while protecting her religion and culture which had been endangered.   


Adiwasi community’s leader Uruwarige Gunabanda said he was elated because a woman belonging to their community had received the opportunity to resolve their problems.   


“She won the hearts of the members of our community to be elected to this position. It is a pride for all of us,” he said.   

 

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