Maharagama Independent Group refuses to resign

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  • won all 25 wards of the council bagging 44,783 votes

 

Untitled-4In an interesting development reminiscent of the “spectacle fiasco” of the Colombo Municipal Council, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) backed Independent Group which won the Maharagama Urban Council said yesterday that none of its members would resign under any circumstances.   


Maharagama Independent Group refuses to resign


The group which contested for the Maharagama Urban Council at the recently concluded local government elections under the symbol of the Motorcycle had won all 25 wards of the council bagging 44,783 or 45.72 percent of votes, leaving only 23 members to be appointed by the other parties who contested for the council from their second nomination lists.   


After the nominations papers submitted by the SLPP were rejected by the returning officers, the party supported this Independent Group enabling it to sweep the constituency with an absolute majority.   
The elected members of the Independent Group visited the Elections Commission yesterday and informed their decision not to resign in writing. The letter submitted to the Elections Commission had been signed by Elected Councillors Lalith Gunawardane, Dilanthi Kusumsiri, Chamidu Lakshan Ranasinghe, Dhammika Nishanthi, Lakmini Nishanthi and Hansani Ruwanthi of Badalgama and Bobuwala Dewage Josepin of Asgiriya.   


In a similar incident an Independent Group contesting under the symbol of the Spectacle contested for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in 2006 had won the council with the support of the United National Party (UNP), the nomination paper of which had been rejected. The group, led by Mohamed Uvais Imthiyaz – a three-wheelr driver, after winning the council disappointed the UNP by refusing to resign and give way for the latter to run the council.   

 

The group which contested for the Maharagama Urban Council at the recently concluded local government elections under the symbol of the Motorcycle had won all 25 wards of the council bagging 44,783 or 45.72 percent of votes, leaving only 23 members to be appointed by the other parties who contested for the council from their second nomination lists.   

 

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After the nominations papers submitted by the SLPP were rejected by the returning officers, the party supported this Independent Group enabling it to sweep the constituency with an absolute majority.   
The elected members of the Independent Group visited the Elections Commission yesterday and informed their decision not to resign in writing. 


The letter submitted to the Elections Commission had been signed by Elected Councillors Lalith Gunawardane, Dilanthi Kusumsiri, Chamidu Lakshan Ranasinghe, Dhammika Nishanthi, Lakmini Nishanthi and Hansani Ruwanthi of Badalgama and Bobuwala Dewage Josepin of Asgiriya.   


In a similar incident an Independent Group contesting under the symbol of the Spectacle for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in 2006 had won the council with the support of the United National Party (UNP), the nomination paper of which had been rejected. 


The group, led by Mohamed Uvais Imthiyaz – a three-wheeler driver, after winning the council disappointed the UNP by refusing to resign and give way for the latter to run the council.   

 

 


Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana