Thursday, 09 October 2014 - 12:58
A M Buddadasa appointed as Chairman of Uva provincial council by a secret vote.
The 6th session of Uva Provincial Council commenced under the patronage of chief minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa today.
Previously he assumed duties as the Provincial Chief Minister, while the newly elected UNP councilors took their oaths before the provincial governor C. Nanda Mathew.
Later, a secret vote was held to select the PC chairman since two names were proposed during the proceedings.
Provincial Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa nominated the former Provincial Minister A.M. Buddha-daasa, while UNP councilor R.M. Ratnayake nominated Upali Samaraweera for the position of Chairman.
Following the secret vote, A.M. Buddha-daasa received 19 votes while Upali Samaraweera received 13 votes.
The two JVP councilors refrained from voting.
Later, a secret vote was held to select the Deputy Chairman where UNP councilor Ananda Kumarasiri nominated R.M. Jayasinghe’s name, while Hemal Ratnayake nominated UPFA councilor Saliya Sumedha’s name.
Councilor Saliya Sumedha was elected by a secret vote as the Deputy Chairman after he received 19 votes, while UNP Councilor R.M Jayasinghe received only 13 votes.
The JVP councilors once again refrained from voting.
19 UPFA councilors and 13 UNP councilors were elected for the Uva provincial council which comprise of 34 councilor positions.
JVP acquired only 2 councilor positions.