Signing of MoU on common candidate was delayed: Dr Nirmal Ranjith

Signing of MoU on common candidate was delayed: Dr Nirmal Ranjith

Written by Staff Writer

17 Nov, 2014 | 8:22 pm

The National Movement for Social Justice says that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on a common candidate was delayed owing to certain ambiguities.

The organisation’s media spokesperson, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri says a common candidate should be announced closer to the announcement of a presidential election.

Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri expressed the following views: “ There were certain ambiguities with regard to the procedure of selecting a common candidate, when preparing the document. A view was expressed that the signing of an agreement without clarifying these ambiguities could be an obstacle moving forward. That is why the signing has been postponed temporarily. I personally believe that this should be resolved and completed around the 19th or 20th.”

“A media briefing convened last week on the initiative of the National Movement for Social Justice, saw the participation of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka and MP Arjuna Ranatunga, while the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, issued a message pledging support to the group.”

Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri says that a person who can unite all forces should be put forward as the common candidate.

The primary points to be included in the MoU to be signed by the group include the abolition of the Executive Presidency, changes to the electoral system and the reinstatement of the 17th amendment to the constitution.

Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri also added; “There are two fundamentals. One is that the individual who is selected to be the common candidate, must be a person whom all parties are in agreement with and a person whom all parties can pledge support to in some way without any problem. This person should be able to practically demonstrate that he is able to give up the position within 6 months of achieving victory. There are certain factors to be considered here. For example, an individual who is mired in a party agenda may face pressure from within their party to stay on after victory is achieved. We know what happened in 1994 and such incidents may happen again.”

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