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Saliya and Kuvera hand over nominations for BASL election

President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris and President’s Counsel Kuvera de Zoysa yesterday tendered their nominations for the post of President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) for the year 2021-2022.

The two candidates handed over their nominations for the Post of BASL President in the presence of Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam at the BASL headquarters.

Expressing views to the media, Saliya Pieris, PC, stated that his intention is to create an independent and strong Bar Association.

“Our campaign has been based on policies and principles. We carried out a campaign with principles not based on distribution of money and goods. We have to defeat the forces which are trying to take the BASL to the wrong direction,” Pieris added.

He expressed his confidence that he would be able to win the election.

President’s Counsel Kuvera de Zoysa told the media that he is ready to face the challenges the BASL would face in the future. “I decided to contest the BASL election in April last year, upon receiving invitations from former Chairpersons and Secretaries of BASL, senior and junior lawyers. We have to face many challenges regarding the future of the BASL. It is very important to appoint an independent person for the post of BASL President,” Zoysa added. Zoysa stated that he would be dedicated to protecting the dignity of the legal profession and solving the issues faced by junior lawyers. “I am not a person who sells my knowledge for money. I deny baseless allegations made by my opponent that I have distributed money and goods. I challenge him to reveal any incident to prove any such allegation,” Zoysa added.

The election to elect the 26th President of the BASL is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2021. Attorney-at-Law Rajeev Amarasuriya has been re-elected unopposed as the BASL Secretary.

President's Counsel Saliya Pieris was nominated by Dr.K.Kanag Iswaran PC, Faisz Musthapha PC, Rienzie Arseculeratne PC, Palitha Fernando PC, Anil Silva PC, Prof. Wasantha Seneviratne and his name was seconded by Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Gamage, Shiranthi Gunewardena, Hemaka Senanayake, Rasika Dissanayake, Sanath Wijewardena and Shivan Coorey.

President's Counsel Kuvera de Zoysa was nominated by Romesh de Silva PC, W. Dayaratne PC, Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC, UR De Silva PC,

Dr. Harsha Cabral PC, Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC and his name was seconded by Shantha Abimanasingham PC,

Samantha Ratwatte PC, Faizer Mustapha PC, Prof. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Attorney-at-law Dittha de Alwis and Kaushalya Nawaratne.