United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa today announced that he is prepared to face a secret vote in the UNP for the party to decide on the Presidential candidate of the United National Front (UNF).
Addressing a special media conference today, Premadasa called for the UNP Parliamentary Group and Working Committee to meet and decide on the Presidential candidate.
He said that he has already announced his intention to contest the election and if there are others in the party who are keen to contest then they must be named.
Premadasa said that he had written to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday and expressed his views on the election.
He said that he will follow the democratic process in the party for the party to decide on the most suitable candidate to contest the election.
Premadasa also said that he has had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and others to obtain their support at the election.
With the date for the Presidential election expected to be announced soon, Premadasa said the UNP needs to show more urgency in announcing its Presidential candidate.