Elections to 23 LG bodies - Parties unable to find youth candidates

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

Political parties find it difficult to field enough young persons at the 23 LG elections in keeping with the legal requirement that at least 40 per cent of slots be reserved for the youth. That had led to the delay on the part of some parties to finalise their nomination lists, sources told The Island.

When contacted the UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayath said that the UPFA would find enough youth to contest LG polls before it concluded its nominations by next Monday (22).

He said that all the alliance parties in the UPFA were scheduled to sort out their quota requirements following a meeting of constituent political party leaders in Colombo yesterday.

The SLFP Nomination Board chaired by Ministers W. D. J. Seneviratne and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa is in the process of finalising some of the council lists by Sunday.

UNP General Secretary Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake said that his party’s Nomination Board led by Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe with Co-Deputy Leaders Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa as members was in the process of finding young candidates and nominations would be finalised by Sunday.

The Propaganda Secretary of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) MP Vijitha Herath said that finding young candidates was a problem for their party.

"Once we complete the list of nominations by Sunday and our lawyers scrutinise the nomination General Secretary of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Tilvin Silva would sign the nomination papers on Aug. 22 and 23 so that we could hand in our nominations on August 24 and 25", said Hearth.

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