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GMOA takes lead in SLMC election

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According to unofficial election results declared so far (by 8.45 pm yesterday), the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA members had received between 80 percent to 90 percent of the total number of votes cast at the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) election, GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath told the Daily News last night.

According to Dr. Herath, the GMOPA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya has secured the highest number of preferential votes according to unofficial results of the election declared at 8.45 p.m. Dr.Padeniya has secured the highest number of preferential votes as he always does in any type of election, he said.

Four members from the GMOA contested the SLMC election held on January 23 and 24. Over 27,000 GMOA members cast their votes at the election.

“GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Navin De Zoysa, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath and Consultant Pediatrician Dr. Harris Pathirage contested in the SLMC election,” he said.

It was reported that there was a clash between two doctors during the election and one doctor was warded at the Colombo National Hospital after receiving injuries during the clash.

The GMOA and two other groups contested the election. Earlier, the GMOA alleged that all efforts were being made by the Health Minister and the two groups which received his support to sabotage the election by preventing and discouraging doctors from voting.