Monday, 13 January 2014 - 21:16
Political parties busy in selecting prospective election candidates
Political parties have been busy in selecting prospective election candidates after the Western and Southern Provincial Councils were dissolved midnight yesterday.
The SLFP in a press release stated that the party nomination board will meet at its headquarters on the 30th of this month to select candidates.
The press release stated that over 200 applications have sought candidacy although there are only 25 vacancies available under the party ticket for the 2 Provincial Councils.
It also stated that several scholars as well as artists are among the applicants.
The UPFA expects to finalize its nomination lists by the 27th of this month.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said his party is also interviewing prospective candidates and the chief ministerial candidates will be announced after handing over nominations.
He said that the election propaganda campaign of the 2 Provinces will be conducted separately.
JVP General Secretary Tylvin Silva said that 90 percent of his party selection process is already completed and the selection of provincial and district leaders have also been completed.
A spokesman from the Election Commissioner’s Office stated that a gazette notification calling nomination for the Provincial Council elections will be issued on the 16th of this month.
Nominations should be handed over within 10 days from the date of the release of this gazette, and the election should be held between 35 to 55 days from the closing date of nominations.
Under the purview of the 2013 voter registration list, the 2 elections will probably be held on a Saturday in the month of late March or early April to elect 104 members to the Western Provincial Council and another 57 to the Southern Provincial Council.
Meanwhile election monitoring organizations have come to the fore as political parties are preparing for elections.
Executive Director of PAFFERAL Rohana Hettiarachchi urged all political party leadership to abide by the election law while engage in the forthcoming elections.