PC polls :
The SLFP is confident of a landslide victory at the forthcoming
Central and North Western Provincial election with the support of other
parties in the UPFA , Ceylon Workers’ Congress and the Up Country
People’s Liberation Front, said SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture
and Agrarian Services Development Minister Maithreepala Sirisena.
Addressing the media at the Mahaweli Centre, the Minister said the
Government had invited the National Freedom Front to contest the
Provincial Council election under the UPFA ticket. He also extended an
open invitation to the patriotic factions in the UNP and JVP to join the
Government’s path to victory.
“We are not hesitant to face the people. As a people-friendly
Government, we are ready to put our Government’s policies and programmes
to the test before the public court, the Minister said.
The Minister said the Government’s victory is a foregone conclusion.
An independent survey has indicated that the Government will enjoy a
landslide victory at this election.“The SLFP has planned a comprehensive
election campaign to ensure the Government’s victory at the forthcoming
Central and North Central Provincial Council election,” he explained.
The Government has also appointed senior Cabinet Ministers to each
district to man electioneering. Accordingly, Power and Energy Minister
W.D.J. Seneviratne will lead the Nuwara Eliya district while Ministers
Dullas Allahapperuma, Maithreepala Sirisena, Nimal Siripala de Silva and
Susil Premajayantha will lead Matale, Kandy, Kurunegala and Puttalam
“He said the party has appointed 15 persons for a polling centre and
they are tasked to educate the clergy, civil society representatives and
other organisations in the respective area.
“The SLFP has set up two Nomination Boards for the selection of right
candidates through interviews. . The Central Province Nominations Board
headed by Transport Minister Dullas Allahapperuma will meet on December
19 and 20 while the North Western Nominations Board chaired by Labour
Minister Athauda Seneviratne select candidates ”, he said. The Minister
said the SLFP would finalise the nomination list by December 20 while
other parties in the UPFA will make their representations to the
Nomination list through the National Election Committee headed by Prime
Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka by December 22 .
“President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make the final decision on the
nomination lists forward by the National Election Committee on December
24”, the Minister said.