PC polls More join the fray
With two days to go for the close of nominations for the Provincial
Council polls, two political parties and four independent groups handed
over nominations by noon yesterday.
In the Kandy district, the National Development Front handed over
itís nominations with five independent groups placing deposits. In
Matale, three independent groups made deposits. In Nuwaraeliya, one
independent group submitted nominations, with eight others placing
In the Puttalam district, the United Socialist Party handed over
nominations along with two other independent groups.
In addition, eight independent groups placed deposits by noon
yesterday. However, figures from Kurunegala were not available, as
election officials were unavailable to answer media queries.
Meanwhile, UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha said
95 per cent of the nomination lists have been finalised and the party
would take steps to submit their papers during the next few days.
The UNP said yesterday they too would submit nominations on December
30 and 31 with the JVP claiming to have finalised nomination lists.
According to the Election Secretariat, a political party or independent
group should nominate 65 candidates to the Central Province and 56
candidates to the North Western Province. Fifty six members are to be
elected to the Central Provincial Council and 50 members to the North
Western Provincial Council. In addition, two bonus seats would be on
offer to the winners of each province.
In the Central province, the Kandy district is set to appoint 30
members with Matale and Nuwaraeliya 10 and 16 respectively to the
Central Provincial Council.
In the North Western Province, Kurunegala and Puttalam districts are
slated to appoint 34 and 16 members to the Provincial Council
Nominations will close at 12 noon on December 31. The date of the
election is to be announced by the Commissioner of Elections shortly
after receiving all nominations.