PC polls on March 29

Six nomination lists rejected

by Franklin R. Satyapalan and Dasun Edirisinghe

The Elections Department yesterday announced that 123 recognised political parties and independent groups had handed over nominations to contest the forthcoming Western and Southern Provincial Council elections and six of them had been rejected.

Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya told The Island nominations of four independent groups to contest from the Colombo District and one from the Kalutara District had been rejected.

He said that the nomination list of the Akila Illangai Makkal Congress was rejected from the Kalutara District.

Only five political parties, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), United National Party (UNP), People’s Liberation Front (JVP),  Democratic Party, and  Janasetha  Peramuna have handed  in their nominations  to  contest all six districts.

Additional Commissioner of Elections (Provincial and Local) R.N.A.L. Ratnayake said that the deadline for handing in postal voting applications was Monday February10.

The other political parties in the PC polls fray in Colombo are the  Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), Democratic People’s Front (DPF), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC ), All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC), Nava  Sama Samaja Pakshaya (NSSP), Sri Lanka Labor Party (SLLP), Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha (ELMS ).

The highest number of independent Groups (16) is in the Colombo district.

Deputy Commissioner of Elections (Administration) M. M. Mohammad said that a fortnight back the General Secretary of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) Y. L. S. Hameed had requested Commissioner of Elections

Mahinda Deshapriya to change their party name to Akila Illankai Makkal Congress and that request had been granted.

Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the Gampaha District J. J. Ratnasiri said there were no rejections and there were 13 political parties and four independent groups in the fray.

Assistant Commissioner of Elections for the Kalutara District Rasika Peiris said that the nomination list of one independent Group and one mainstream political Party Akila Illankai Makkal Congress (ACMC) had been rejected.

He said that 13 political parties and nine independent groups were in the fray in the Kalutara District.

Deputy Commissioner of Elections Galle District A.B.I. de Silva said that the nominations of the UPFA had been handed in by Minister Piyasena Gamage accompanied by former Chief Minister and Group Leader Shan Wijelal de Silva. The UNP"s nominations were handed in by Group leader Asoka Dayawansa. 

There were no rejections and altogether there were 14 mainstream political parties and four Independent Groups in the fray from the Galle District, he said.

Assistant Commissioner of Elections Matara District W.H.R. Wijayakumara said that the UPFA nominations had been handed in by Minister Dulles Alahapperuma accompanied by their Group Leader Chandima Rasaputra.

He said that there were no rejections with 14 political parties and five independent Groups in the fray in the district.

The Assistant Commissioner of Elections Hambantota District Deepal Chandraratne said that UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa had handed in nominations, accompanied by Group Leader Kodagodaarachchige Somawansa.

He said that there were no rejections and there were nine Political parties and four independent Groups in the fray in the district.

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