August 17 polls:  More than 6,100 ready for the fray

Sarana, Mervyn, Duminda, Sajin out


UNP Colombo District candidates Rosy Senanayake, Wijayadasa Rajapakshe and Ravi Karunanayake leaving the Colombo District Secretariat premises after handing over nominations for the forthcoming general elections. Pic by Nimal Dayaratne

The UPFA submitted August 17 nominations list for Kurunegala District yesterday. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who leads the UPFA team in the District with his party supporters. Pic by Kamal Bogoda

JVP  leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, flanked by former MP K. D. Lalkantha and Attorney-at-law Sunil Watagala, arriving at the Colombo District Secretariat to hand over nominations. Pic by Saman Abesiriwardena

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The Elections Department says 6,151 candidates will be in the parliamentary election fray from 22 districts representing 21 recognised political parties (3,653) and 201 independent groups (2,498).

Nominations for the August 17 general election closed at noon yesterday.

UNP-led United National Front for Good Governance, the UPFA and the JVP handed over nominations for all 22 Districts.

The highest number of candidates, 792, is from the Colombo District while second highest, 588, is from the Gampaha District. The third highest, 468, is from the Kurunegala District where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa contests.

According to the Elections Department 228 candidates contest in the Kegalle, 242 in Anuradhapura, 98 in Moneragala, 170 in Hambantota, 286 in Kalutara, 165 in Badulla, 88 in Polonnaruwa, 253 in Nuwara Eliya, 221 in Galle, 147 in Trincomalee, 310 in Ampara, 187 in Matara, 280 in Ratnapura, 176 in Matale, 252 in the Vanni, 210 in Jaffna, 360 in Kandy, 368 in Batticaloa and 264 in Puttalam.

Preferential vote numbers for the candidates by will be issued on Friday.

The UNP and The UPFA handed over nominations for 21 Districts yesterday while the JVP handed over nominations for 19 Districts. All three parties handed over nominations for other districts on Friday (10).

Addressing journalists outside the Colombo District Secretariat, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that his coalition had fielded eight former MPs for the Colombo District and eight parties contest in the district under the UPFA banner.

He said the UPFA would score a landslide victory against the UNFGG at the August 17 general election.

Answering a query, Premajayantha said that former Ministers and MPs Mervyn Silva and Sarana Gunawardena from the Gampaha District, Duminda Silva from the Colombo District and Sajin Vaas Gunawardena from the Galle District had not received nominations to contest the general election.

Outside the Colombo District Secretariat JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party had fielded decent, intelligent candidates in all parts of the country.

He asked Inspector General of Police N. K. Ilangakoon and Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to enforce the law without fear or favour and do everything in their power to ensure a free and fair election.

Finance Minister and UNP Colombo District Candidate Ravi Karunanayake said that no one could prevent a landslide victory for the UNP at the forthcoming election.

He said that they would defeat former President Mahinda Rajapaksa one again at this general election.

Objections were raised against Dullas Alahapperuma’s candidature on the grounds that he had a dual citizenship but it was rejected by Matara Returning Officer E. A. C. Vidanagamamachchi.

UPFA Colombo District list was handed over by its General Secretary Susil Premajayantha at the Colombo District Secretariat and the UNP list by Finance Minister Karunanayake. The JVP Colombo District list was handed over by its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

UPFA nomination list for Kurunegala, where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa contests as the team leader, was handed over by SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. He was accompanied by Dayasiri Jayasekera and senior lawyer Gomin Dayasri at the Kurunegala District Secretariat. The JVP list was handed over by former MP Namal Karunaratne. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam handed over the UNP list.

UNP Anuradhapura District nomination list was handed over at the District Secretariat by team leader Chandrani Bandara, accompanied by minister P. Harrison while the UPFA list was handed over by team leader Duminda Dissanayake. Former MP and Provincial Council member Wasantha Samarasinghe handed over the JVP list.

UPFA Galle District list was handed over by team leader Piyasena Gamage and the UNP list by its team leader Vajira Abeywardena. The JVP list was handed over by Provincial Council member Nalin Hewage.

UNP General Secretary Kabeer Hasheem handed over party’s Kegalle District list while UPFA team leader Athauda Seneviratne handed over the UPFA list. Former JVP MP Gamini Ratnayake handed over the JVP list.

UPFA Kalutara District leader Kumara Welgama and Rohitha Abeygunawardena handed over the UPFA list while deputy foreign minister Ajith P. Perera handed over the UNP list and JVP list handed over by Provincial Councilor Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa.

Former Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena handed over UPFA Moneragala District list and the UNP list by Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara. Uva Provincial Council member R. M. Ratnayake handed over the JVP list.

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga handed over the Gampaha District UPFA list while Minister John Amaratunga handed over the UNP list. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath handed over the JVP list.

UPFA Polonnaruwa District list was handed over by team leader Siripala Gampalth accompanied by former MP Roshan Ranasinghe. Former MP Wasantha Senanayake handed over the Polonnaruwa District UNP list at the District Secretariat.


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