Six SLPP nominations rejected JO to file writ application
Posted on December 15th, 2017

By Rathindra Kuruwita, Kavindya Chris Thomas and W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today

Six Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) nomination lists, for the upcoming Local Government elections, have been rejected by Election officials.

A spokesperson for the Election Commission said that the SLPP lists for the Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, the Badulla Urban Council, the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, the Panadura Urban Council, the Maharagama Urban Council and the Weligama Urban Council had been rejected.

The SLPP list for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected due to the lack of the mandatory percentage of female candidates in the list.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports stated that Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) nominations lists for the Pradeshiya Sabhas of Dehiattakandiya and Padiyathalawa and the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) lists for the Alaiyadivembu Pradeshiya Sabha, the Sammanthurai Pradeshiya Sabha and the Ampara District have also been rejected. The ITAK lists were rejected due to technical issues.

The 12 March Movement reported that they have compiled over 20 complaints regarding individuals who have been accused of various criminal activities, who had received nominations through the two main political parties to contest for the forthcoming election. Rohana Hettiarachchi of the Movement noted that these individuals have been alleged to have been involved in racketeering, trafficking, fraud and giving false promises in relation to providing employment. Hettiarachchi noted that the political parties are being informed on the matter while the compilation of evidence against these accusations is being conducted by the Movement.

SLFP Matara District Parliamentarian, representing the Joint Opposition, Dullas Alahapperuma said that an appeal will be lodged in the Court of Appeal either today (15) or on 18 December, seeking a writ of mandamus regarding the nominations of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) which were rejected yesterday (14).

He said that most of the SLPP nominations had been rejected on technical grounds and that a similar predicament had been suffered by the Podujana Eksath Peramuna ahead of the 2001 Local Government poll when 26 of its nominations had been rejected and following an appeal submitted to the Court a writ of mandamus had been issued regarding each of those nominations.

Alahapperuma added that some of the nominations had been rejected due to the non-availability of photostat copies of national identity cards and other such technical issues.

He requested all supporters of the SLPP not to lose confidence or trust placed in the Party merely over some nominations being rejected, and promised that the SLPP will re-file the nominations to the respective Local Government bodies, once the verdict is announced by the Court of Appeal.

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