Outlining the timeline for upcoming elections in line with the constitutional provisions, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the presidential election is scheduled for next year, followed by the parliamentary election and the provincial council election which is planned for early 2025.
President Wickremesinghe made these remarks during his address at the Special General Convention of the United National Party held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo today (21).
The President emphasized his commitment to bolstering the country’s economy by positioning Sri Lanka as a 'smart country', which was also the theme for this year’s UNP convention.
The vision behind this concept is a vision of an intelligent and prosperous Sri Lanka, where every citizen recognizes their potential, upholds virtuous goals, and embraces diversity while harnessing modern technology and nature to cultivate a nation of adept and resourceful individuals.
The “Smart Country” concept envisions the creation of a prosperous nation.
Departing from conventional party politics vying for power, the main objective of this year’s UNP Special Convention was to adopt a nation-centric approach to reorganize the party for this purpose.
Party leader President Ranil Wickremesinghe also presented an amended party constitution designed to facilitate this transformation.
A significant amendment allows the United National Party to establish an online presence and engage actively in social media platforms, thus facilitating the digital transformation of the party.
The President stressed the need for the UNP to evolve into a technologically adept and intelligent party, aligning itself with the broader vision of building both a smart nation and a smart party.