first time since 1952 the United National Party is contesting every single
electorate in Sri Lanka at the forthcoming general elections.
General elections have been announced for the
10th of October, 2000. Nominations of candidates closed at 12 noon on 4th
The People's Alliance government is in disarray,
as the elections approach. The PA was only able to command a one seat
majority in Parliament from 1994 to 2000. This forced the PA to be a weak
regime, vacillating to the demands of the tiny minority parties that
constituted it. Some members of the PA have already crossed over to the
UNP, either to appear as candidates or national list members, or to
It is probable that the parliamentary elections
of 10th October will return the UNP to power with a strong majority in
Elections Commissioner's plan to hold free
and fair elections foiled by the People's Alliance Government
Varadaja Perumal Nominated to the People's
Alliance National List
United National Party held it's 53rd annual convention on Saturday,
2nd September 2000 at the Colombo Town Hall premises.
convention was presided over by the leader of the party, the Hon.
Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe. Chairman of the Party Mr. Karu Jayasuriya,
Secretary Hon. Mr. Gamini Athukorale and Treasurer Mr. Milroy Perera
were also present.
Karu Jayasuriya introduced the election manifesto to the party.
Speakers of special note were Hon. Mr. R.A.D. Sirisena, Hon. Mr.
Anura Bandaranaike, Hon. Mr. W.J.M. Lokubandara and Hon. Mr. Ranil
known actor Mr. Ravindra Randeniya also made a special appearance
and announced his entry into active politics.