The Official Website of the Presidential Secretariat said the main constituent of the United People’s Freedom Alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central Committee on Wednesday unanimously decided to field President Rajapaksa as the Party's candidate at the next Presidential election.
The full statement is reproduced below:
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today signed the official proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term.
This will be his third election for the Executive Presidency. He was first elected on 17th November 2005 and was re-elected for a second term on January 26, 2010. He took oaths as President for the second term on November 19, 2010 and completed 4 years in office on November 19, 2014.
Yesterday the main constituent of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee unanimously decided to field President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Party's candidate at the next Presidential election.
The SLFP Senior Vice President and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva proposed the name of Party Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and it was seconded by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne.
During the meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the SLFP Central Committee appointed several election campaign committees at electoral and district level to campaign for Rajapaksa.
After the Proclamation calling a snap Presidential election is issued today as the President completed his four-year term in office at midnight yesterday, the Elections Commission will announce the election schedule.
The Elections Commissioner would fix the date to call for nominations upon receiving the special Presidential proclamation on this election.
KNOW YE that by virtue of the powers vested in me by paragraph (3A) of Article 31 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I, Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, do by this Proclamation, hereby declare my intention of appealing to the people for a mandate to hold office, by election, for a further term.
Given at Colombo on the 20th day of November in the year, Two Thousand and Fourteen.
By order of His Excellency,
Secretary to the President