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Uva polls: UPFA confident of victory

High profile committee to steer election campaign

Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithreepala Sirisena yesterday said the United People’s Freedom Alliance has appointed 11 member high profile committee to steer the election campaign in the Uva Province.

This committee headed by SLFP General Secretary and Minister Maithreepala Sirisena will maintain close coordination with the Badulla and Moneragala district election committees which are led by UPFA General Secretary and Education Minister Susil Premajayanth and Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne.

The Minister said similar committees will be appointed to conduct the election campaign in the Vavuniya Urban council and Jaffna Municipal Council areas.

UPFA General Secretary and Education Minister Susil Premajayantha yesterday handed over the UPFA nominations for the Uva Provincial Council election to Badulla District Retuning officer Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake and Moneragala District Assistant Returning Officer Namal Thalangama at the Badulla and Moneragala district secretariats.

Uva Paranagama SLFP Chief Organiser and former Uva Province Chief Minister A.M. Buddhadasa, will lead the candidates contesting the election from the Badulla district while Kataragama Devale Basnayaka Nilame Shashindra Kumara Rajapaksa will lead the candidates in the Moneragala district. Addressing the media after handing over of the UPFA nomination list to the Badulla Returning Officer, the Minister said the UPFA’s victory at the election is inevitable.

He said the UPFA candidates contesting the upcoming provincial election represent professionals and men and women of the three communities.

Acceptance of nominations for the Uva Provincial election will end at 12 noon today. The Returning officers of the respective districts are set to declare the date of the election after the period for the acceptance of nominations ends.

The period granted by the Elections Commissioner for the independent groups to forward their deposits ended yesterday at 12 noon. The JVP and the UNP nomination lists are expected to be handed over to the respective returning officers today.

Meanwhile, Up Country People’s Front (UPF) led by Minister P. Chandrasekaran has decided to contest the Uva Provincial Council election on its own without joining any other party, UPF Vice President A. Ravindakumar said. The UPF will contest under the mamoty symbol.

Over 800,000 voters in the Badulla and Moneragala districts are qualified to vote at the election to elect 32 members to the Uva Provincial Council. Over 23 percent of population in the Badulla district are living in the estate sectors.



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