- Published on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:09
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The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the key constituent party of the ruling alliance has decided not to give nominations to the wives and other family members of the Ministers and Parliamentarians at the forthcoming Provincial Council elections.
The General Secretary of the SLFP Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that that the party came to this decision to give opportunities to the young generation who are committed to the party. The Minister said that however, the party has not yet taken a decision regarding the incumbent councilors who are family members of the Ministers or MPs. He said that their nominations are to be decided on their performances.
The party has appointed three committees headed by the Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and W.D.J.Seneviratne to select the prospective candidates. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva is heading the selection board for the Eastern Provincial Council. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa is the chairman of the selection board for the Sabaragamuwa Province, while Minister John Senevirathne is heading the selection board for the North Central Province.
The General Secretary of the United People’s Alliance Minister . Susil Premajayanth said that upon holding negotiations with the alliance parties in the UPFA , the composition of candidates will be decided before the 10th of this month.
Meanwhile, the working committee of main opposition United National Party has called a special meeting on Thursday (05) to discuss the Chief Minister candidates from the UNP for the three provincial councils. The Party has reviewed the applications that have been received for candidacy in the elections. The Party is to decide on the candidates at its working committee meeting tomorrow.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has announced that it will contest the forthcoming elections alone. The General Secretary of the party Tilwin Silva has said that it will not under any circumstances join the opposition as it has been proposed with a hidden move for the sustenance of the United National Party.
A special discussion is to be held tonight to decide on whether the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress will contest the Provincial council Elections alone or jointly with another party. The General Secretary of the party said that the parliamentarians, provincial council members, representatives of the local government institutions and other party members will attend today’s meeting. (niz)