On President Rajapaksa’s directive:
No more SLFP electoral organizers
*Only district heads in future
*Move aimed at ending preference war
President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed SLFP General Secretary
Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to abolish the party’s electorate
organizer posts and create district party organizer posts and requested
all party organizers to work as a team in each district, the SLFP
President Rajapaksa said all party district leaders and organizers
should work as a team with team spirit to come to the fore and
immediately stop competition among one another to gain preference votes.
A new political culture and a group of party people who were first
and foremost people oriented were needed by the country.
In the existing party and preference vote systems it was no secret
that organizers of the same political party were engaged in a fight for
preference votes, he said.
This system had created unhappy thoughts and feelings in the minds of
the public at large. It was a strong barrier to democratic-socialism.
Therefore the district organizer system could do away with this
weakness, the President observed.
It was the SLFP’s objective to achieve victory in all the districts
by activating the district organizer system with all organizers
collectively working with the public during the election campaigns,
party sources also said.
In the present electoral system the intense competition and even
fighting to gain a bigger number of preference votes not only puts the
organizers of the same party at loggerheads but also makes candidates
put out a large number of posters, banners or hoardings. These publicity
campaigns also result in more division among the same party, the
President explained to the party General Secretary, SLFP headquarters
sources also said. (WN)