The resolution 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 resolution in this regard during the 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 party leadership while 337 votes were cast against.
Deputy leader of the UNP-parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa, MP's Karu Jayasooriya, Buddhika Pathirana, Dayasiri Jayaseka, Ranjith Maddumabandara & Thalatha Athukorala are amongst those who had cast their votes against the resolution.
However a tense situation was observed at the venue when votes were being cast regarding the resolution.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during this juncture offered Deputy Party Leader MP Sajith Premadasa an opportunity to express his views.
Moreover the party manifesto themed 'radical change' which was submitted before the party convention was unanimously endorsed by party members.
Meanwhile Deputy Leader of the party MP Sajith Premadasa assured that he would work rigorously towards ensuring the victory of the party's leadership during future presidential polls.
Subsequently leader of the party Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed those gathered.
Meanwhile a tense situation was observed before Sirikotha this morning when a group of individuals had attempted to make a forced entry to the premises.
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 had been put in place encompassing party headquarters Sirikotha this morning.
General Secretary of the UNP MP Thissa Aththanayeke expressed these views to the media subsequent to the conclusion of activities of the party convention.
UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara who used his vote against the resolution to extend the partie's leadership tenure meanwhile expressed these views to the media in the following manner.