GMOA candidates lose SLMC election for first time

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Two independent candidates created history recently by defeating their GMOA rivals at the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) elections.

Doctors Upul Gunasakera and Sivarajasinham Sivapriyan got elected to the SLMC, defeating doctors Saman Abeywardena (pediatrician) and Saman Abeywardena (medical officer) nominated by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).

At previous elections the GMOA nominees had always got elected to the SLMC council.

The two independent candidates secured an identical tally of 1,400 votes each. The GMOA candidates Dr. Saman Abeywardena (pediatrician) Obtained 800 votes while Dr. Saman Abeywardena (medical officer) received 900 votes.

A doctor on condition of anonymity said that it was the first time in Sri Lanka’s medical history that two independent candidates had been elected to the SLMC.

The GMOA has around 16,000 members and they are all registered with the SLMC.

When contacted, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne said that the GMOA had come to know, from a reliable source, that the two independent candidates had given a set of pledges to the voters. The SLMC was not a trade union and could never win the legitimate rights of the doctors, he said.

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