Senior UNP leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has given tentative timeframes for the presidential and general elections as decided by president Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Speaking to ‘The Leader’, Kariyawasam said the presidential election would take place in September this year, followed by parliamentary polls in January 2025.
The president said so at a meeting of the party’s management committee at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (09).
The provincial council election will be held in March, said the president.
He said further that he would contest the presidential polls as an apolitical candidate.
Wickremesinghe told the management committee to organize arrangements to win the elections.
With his full-time commitment needed for a further few months to revive the economy, he will be joining election campaign after April only, the president told the meeting.
UNP MP Wajira Abeywardena has agreed to host the party’s first public rally for the presidential election at Galle town in mid-January.