Jagath Samarawickrama was sworn in yesterday before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Amarakeerthi Athukorala, Polonnaruwa District representative of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).
After being sworn in before the Speaker, he signed the Member’s roll kept before Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.
A vacancy occurred in the membership of the Ninth Parliament by the death of Polonnaruwa District Parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala, representing the SLPP. Accordingly, Jagath Samarawickrama was deeclared elected as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district under the Gazette issued by the Election Commission on May 17.
Thus, Samarawickrama was sworn in as a Member of Parliament of the Ninth Parliament.
Samarawickrama is a past pupil of Kaudawa National School, Moneragala and Siripura Central College. He served as the Chairman of the Dimbulagala Pradeshiya Sabha from 2008 to 2015. He is also currently the Chief Organizer of the Dimbulagala Welikanda Degodapattuwa Sri Lanka People’s Front.
Samarawickrama who was a candidate representing the SLPP at the previous General Election was placed fifth by the number of votes in the Polonnaruwa district.