The proposal to extend the leadership tenure of the United National Party to 6 years was approved during today's party convention with a majority of votes.
The 54th convention of the UNP got underway at party headquarters Sirikotha this morning.
General Secretary of the party MP Thissa Aththanayeke submitted the proposal in this regard during this morning's party convention.
6143 invites had been sent in view of today's party convention by the UNP where as only 5315 invitees were in attendance.
A total of 4978 votes were received in favour of the tenure extension of the parties leadership while 337 votes were cast against.
Deputy leader of the party parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa, MP's Karu Jayasooriya, Buddhika Pathirana & Dayasiri Jayaseka are amongst those who had cast their votes against.
Moreover the party manifesto 'radical change' which was submitted before today's party convention was unanimously endorsed by party members.
Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing those gathered observed that the parties' journey to forge an UNP regime had commenced concurrent to today's party convention.
Meanwhile tense situation was observed before Sirikotha this morning when a group of individuals had attempted to enter the premises by force.
Subsequently the situation was brought under control with the assistance of the police.
A special security arrangement assisted by a large number of police personnel were in place this morning encompassing the party headquarters Sirikotha this morning.