By Azra Ameen
The Colombo District Court refused to issue an enjoining order preventing the office bearers’ elections election of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), scheduled to take place today, Association’s Secretary Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa said.
Addressing a press conference yesterday (29), he said two separate parties of the GMOA had filed a petition at the District Court attempting to block the Association’s annual election of office bearers.
“Drs. Jayantha Balawardena and Upul Gunasekara had filed the petition in the Colombo District Court No. 1 seeking for an enjoining order, but the court has refused their request and asked the GMOA to proceed with the scheduled election,” he said.
He also said that some of the members of the Association, who have political affiliations, are trying to sabotage the legitimate activities of the GMOA.
“This is an association that looks after the welfare of the government doctors. There are around 16,000 doctors affiliated to it. Earlier this year some members of the GMOA have been creating internal conflicts and false allegations about the GMOA and their activities. Earlier this month, many media had carried a news item that the government doctors are deprived of communication allowance but that is also rumour which was spread by those members.
Epitakaduwa also requested all the doctors to participate in today’s election.