PMAEP on Presidential polls: Will ensure no one musters majority

Published : 12:02 am  January 8, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 


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Untitled-3By Yohan Perera 

The People’s Movement for Abolishing Executive Presidency (PMAEP) said yesterday it would make sure that no candidate would garner more than 50 per cent of votes at the Presidential elections to be held later this year. 


PMAEP and JVP politburo member K.D. Lalkantha told a media conference that the new movement would make the next Presidential election different than ones held previously. 

“Unlike in the past when the Presidential race was a sheer clash between the two major candidates, we will make the next poll a fierce battle among the three main candidates. Our effort is to field a powerful third candidate and thereby create a crisis by not allowing anyone to get elected in the first round,” he said. 

He said this was one of the many steps the PMAEP intended to take to force responsible political leaders to abolish the executive presidency. 

“We have decided to launch street battles to abolish the executive presidency. The inaugural protest will be held on January 14 at the Fort Railway Station. The incumbent President should be impeached as he is continuously violating the Constitution,” he said. 

On a different note, he said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe did not want the executive presidency abolished as he needed it to do what the UNP failed to do in 1977. “The issue with Mr. Wickremesinghe is that he wants to become the Executive President of the country, but he cannot get elected to the post,” he said.  


Inaugural protest to abolish executive presidency on January 14 at Fort Railway Station