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More setbacks for SLPP

Nominations CLOSE for 248 Local Bodies in second round:
Colombo Mayoral candidates Rosy Senanayake (UNP) and Azath Salley (UPFA) wish each other good luck for the February 10 local government elections after handing in their nomination papers outside the New Town Hall Colombo yesterday. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
Colombo Mayoral candidates Rosy Senanayake (UNP) and Azath Salley (UPFA) wish each other good luck for the February 10 local government elections after handing in their nomination papers outside the New Town Hall Colombo yesterday. Picture by Rukmal Gamag

The second and final round of nominations for the Local Government authorities closed at 12 noon yesterday with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) once again facing several setbacks in nominations.

The second round called for nominations for 248 Local Bodies had been delayed due to petitions filed against them.

The Podujana Peramuna nomination list for the Thirappanaya Pradeshiya Sabha in the Anuradhapura District was rejected outright yesterday.

“The reasons being that the party secretary had not prepared the paper properly,” District Secretary and Returning Officer R.M. Wanninayake said.

The SLPP also had the name of one of its candidates for the Kekirawa Pradeshiya Sabha rejected. The Mahajana Podujana Peramuna also had one of its candidates rejected for the Kekirawa Pradeshiya Sabha.

The Eksath Lanka Mahajana Party had the name of one of its candidates rejected for the Thirappanaya Pradeshiya Sabha.

The Anuradhapura District had 101 nomination lists submitted.

The SLPP also faced setbacks in Jaffna with its lists for the Jaffna Municipal Council, Valikamam-North Pradeshiya Sabha, Valikamam - East Pradeshiya Sabha and Delft Pradeshiya Sabha being rejected.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress had its nomination lists for the Weligama and Matara Pradeshiya Sabhas rejected.

In the Dickwella Pradeshiya Sabha, the Mawbima Janatha Pakshaya’s nomination list was rejected.

“The Colombo District had 73 groups (60 from recognised political parties and 13 independent groups) hand in nominations for 10 Local Government authorities. Of this number the nomination lists from the Jathika Janatha Party for the Colombo Municipal Council, Eksath Samajawade Party’s nomination paper to the Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte Municipal Council and the nomination paper of an Independent party to the Kesbewa Urban Council were rejected,” Colombo District Returning Officer and District Secretariat Sunil Kannangara said.

The Kandy District had nominations called for 20 Local Government authorities and had 14 recogniSed parties and 11 Independent groups submit 115 nomination papers for them, Kandy District Returning Officer and District Secretariat H.M.P. Hitisekara said.

The nomination list of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for the Papitiya Pradeshiya Sabha was rejected as the affidavits of two of their candidates was not submitted. Furthermore, the names of 21 candidates representing various independent groups were rejected due to them not following necessary requirements. Hitisekara also explained that initially 12 independent groups had paid their deposits but one failed to put forward a nomination list.

The Kurunegala District in the meantime had nominations accepted for 13 recognised political parties and 10 Independent groups.

Four nominations were rejected. These belong to the; Independent group in Polpithigama, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in Ridigama, Independent Group in Mahawa and the Democratic United National Front in Polgahawela.

In Trincomalee, 66 nomination papers were accepted with three having just the names of three candidates being rejected.

Trincomalee District Returning Officer and District Secretariat N.A.A. Pushpakumara explained that of the 66 groups, 59 were recognised political parties whilst the remaining were independent groups. In addition, two political parties which paid the required deposits had failed to produce their lists of nominations for the respective bodies. They were the UPFA which paid the deposit to contest the Kantale Pradeshiya Sabha and the National Congress which paid the deposit to contest the Kuchchaveli Pradeshiya Sabha.

The nominations in Trincomalee had been called for the Trincomalee and Kinniya Urban Councils and the Pradeshiya Sabhas of Kuchchaveli, Kantale and Morawewa. 


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