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Jaswar Umar triumph at football election

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Umar polled 96 votes while his opponent Dr. Manil Fernando was able to obtain only 90 votes at the counting that came in from the centres in Kandy, Galle and Polonnaruwa respectively. Accordingly, the Elections Committee Chairman Rohini Marasinghe declared Jaswar Umar as the new President by a majority of six votes when they met at the Galle Polling Station.

After this announcement was made the rest of the nominees for other posts from Dr. Fernando party withdrew.

“It was a hard fought election in the history of Sri Lankan football. This proved that people can still make a difference if they have the determination to change any administration,” Jaswar Omar said after his victory.

“It is the people of this country who won this election, not just me and as a result, my team will finally see the change we all have been waiting for in the making of football. From now onwards, Sri Lanka football will take a new journey with the motto, ‘let’s rise again’,” said a delighted Umar.

“I congratulate Jaswar for his victory. I accept this outcome. But having a vote in three places was a disadvantage on one hand because I couldn’t talk to those voters,” Dr. Fernando said after the election.

The new office bearers:

President: Jaswar Umar, Secretary: DIG (Ret) Upali Hewage, Vice-President’s: Ranjith Rodrigo, DIG (Ret) P. P. Pathirana, SSP Dilshan Nagahawatta, Arnold Emanuel, Deputy Secretary (Administration): T. Vardharasan, Deputy Secretary (Technology): Abdul Manaf, Treasurer: A. F. Cellar and Assistant Treasurer: A. Nagarajan.

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