Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Michael Perera addressing a news conference in Colombo said that UNPers, especially elected representatives in the local and provincial councils, would be given four days to study and submit their views, if any, on his committee’s recommendations.
"Once all suggestions are received we will, along with our proposals accepted in principle, by the leadership, submit them to the Working Committee for its perusal and approval. Thereafter, they would have to go before the Executive Committee and finally the National Convention, which will have to ratify any changes proposed to the party Constitution."
The recommendations had been accepted in principle by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe also, he said. The UNP’s next annual convention is scheduled to be held either in June or July this year.
Perera, said that his committee hasd suggested that the Leader Deputy Leader, Assistant Leader, Chairman and National Organiser be elected by the new Working Committee, that is to come into existence, once the constitution was amended.
Asked if the elections would be through a show of hands or secret ballot, he said it would by consensus. In the event there was a competition for any of the posts at stake, a secret ballot would be taken.
Perera said that the five elected office bearers would be empowered to form a committee and appoint all other office bearers. The only exception would be the General Secretary who would be appointed by the leader, in consultation with the Working Committee.
The Political Affairs Committee, he said, would be chaired by the elected Deputy Leader and would not exceed 11 members including the General Secretary, Chairman and National Organiser and one member to represent each province. The quorum shall be four members.
The Joseph Michael Perera committee comprised Kabeer Hasheem(Secretary)John Amaratunga, Lakshman Kiriella, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Ronald C. Perera.