Written by Lahiru Fernando
13 Jul, 2015 | 10:08 pm
The deadline for the submission of nominations for the Aug. 17 general election expired at noon on Monday, July 13.
Twenty-one accepted political parties and 201 independent groups have submitted their nominations of candidates for the 225 seats in parliament; and 6,151 candidates will be contesting the election from the 22 electoral districts.
Notably, leaders of three major political parties — Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from the UNP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake from the JVP and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka from the Democratic Party — will be contesting from the Colombo District.
With Mahinda Rajapaksa also contesting the election, it will go down in history as the first election where a former president will seek a seat in parliament.
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While nominations were accepted between 8:30 a.m. and noon, a period of one hour was allocated for objections to be filed. As per the nominations list submitted by the United National Front for the Colombo District, Deputy Ministers Dr. Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickremaratne who were appointed to parliament from the national list in 2010, will be contesting the election this time around. Patali Champika Ranawaka will also be contesting from the Colombo district under the UNF ticket.
A group of provincial councilors including S.M. Marikkar and Hirunika Premachandra an will also be contesting from the Colombo District.
Kanthi Kodikara and Danasiri Amaratunga have been included in the United People’s Freedom Alliance Nominations list for the Colombo District while Malsha Kumaratunge will be contesting this election in place of her father, Jeevan Kumaratunge.
Furthermore, while A.H.M. Fowzie has been included in the national list, Jayantha Ketagoda will be contesting from the UPFA.
The JVP will contest in the Colombo District under the leadership of the party leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and has also put forward a list including K.D. Lal Kantha and Lakshman Nipunaarachchi for the Colombo District.
Western Provincial Councilor, Susil Kindelpitiya will be contesting the general elections from the Tamil United Liberation Front. He submitted his nomination on Monday together with TULF General Secretary V. Anandasangaree. The Jana Setha Peramuna or People’s Welfare Front, too, submitted its nominations for the Colombo District.
From Kurunegala, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa submitted the UPFA list for the Kurunegala District, through which former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is hoping to enter parliament. While all former UPFA Parliamentarians from the district have received nominations, Provincial Councilors Dayasiri Jayasekara and Athula Wijeyasinghe will also contest from the Kurunegala District.
Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam submitted the UNF nominations list for the Kurunegala District, while the former UPFA member, S.B. Navinne, will contest the election from the UNF this time around; and journalist Kumaradasa Giribawa has also been included on the UNF list.
From up North in the Jaffna District, nominations lists of two accepted political parties for the Jaffna District, the Aikiya Makkal Kachchi and the Emadu Ilangai Suhandira Munnani have been rejected along with the nominations of six independent groups.
The nominations list of 15 accepted political parties and six independent groups were accepted. The UPFA nominations list was submitted by A. Ramanadan as the UNP’s nomination list was submitted by Wijayakala Maheswaran on Friday. The TULF and the JVP are also among the accepted political parties that submitted nominations for the Jaffna District.
Coming in from the Gampaha District, 13 accepted political parties and 16 independent groups have submitted nominations for the Gampaha District. While Minister Felix Perera is leading the UPFA group, Basil Rajapaksa, Mervin Silva and Sarana Gunawardena, who contested at the previous election, have not been included. However, Sarana Gunawardena’s wife, Lakshmanthi Gunawardena is contesting the election on the UPFA list.
It is also notable that brothers Prasanna Ranatunga and Ruwan Ranatunga have been included in the UPFA list for Gampaha. Arjuna Ranatunga will be contesting the election from the Gampaha District on the UNF list. He accompanied group leader John Amaratunga on Monday to submit the Front’s nominations list.
Furthermore, Young provincial councilors Harshana Rajakaruna and Kavinda Jayawardena have received nominations to contest from the Gampaha district. The JVP will contest in the Gampaha District under the leadership of former MP Vijitha Herath. Anoma Fonseka of the Democratic Party has also chosen the Gampaha District for her maiden election campaign.
From the Anuradhapura District, 11 accepted political parties and 10 independent groups have submitted nominations for the Anuradhapura district where Minister Duminda Dissanayake will function as the UPFA group leader. The UNF too submitted its nominations on Monday under the leadership of Deputy Minister Chandrani Bandara.
The JVP’s nominations list was submited by Group Leader Wasantha Samarasinghe on Monday.
For the Kalutara District, UPFA seniors Minister Reginold Cooray and Former Minister Nirmala Kothalawela have announced their retirement from politics. However, Reginold Cooray has been included in the national list and Kumara Welgama will function as the UPFA group leader for the Kalutara District.
While Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been included on the UNF list this time around, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera will function as group leader. Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe of the JHU and Nandana Gunathilaka from the UNP have also been included in the list.
A group including Dr. nalinda Jayatissa submitted nominations from the JVP for the Kalutara District on Monday. A group led by Venerable Galagosa Aththe Gnanasara Thera will contest from the Kalutara District on the Bodhu Jana Peramuna ticket.
From down south’s Galle District, 14 accepted political parties and three independent groups have submitted nominations. The UPFA group led by Minister Piyasena Gamage also includes Geetha Kumarasinghe, Methsiri de Silva and Venerable Baddegama Samitha Thera while the UNF will be led by Vajira Abeywardena.
A group including former MP Ajith Kumara submitted nominations for the Galle District from the Frontline Socialist Party.
Further south in the Hambantota District, 12 accepted political parties and six independent groups have submitted nominations, which was part of the core of the political discourse in the recent past. UNP Deputy Leader, Minister Sajith Premadasa will lead the United National Front in the district.
UPFA Provincial Minister Sajith Muthukumarana will contest from the UNF for the General Election while speaker Chamal Rajapaksa will function as the UPFA Group Leader.
Namal Rajapaksa and Nirupama Rajapaksa will also contest from the Hambantota District on the UPFA ticket as Chanaka Dinushan, the son of Southern Provincial Minister D.V. Upul, who was at the center of controversy in the recent past, and Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Ravindra Fernando, have also received nominations on the UPFA ticket.
A group including former MP Nihal Galappatthi have submitted nominations from the JVP.
More from the south in the Matara District, the UNF nominations list was submitted on Monday morning as former MP Buddhika Pathirana departed his residence for the submission of nominations following religious observances. A group including Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena were welcomed by their supporters as they arrived to submit the UPFA nominations list for the District.
The JVP’s nominations list was submitted by Matara District Group Leader Sunil Handunneththi.
Meanwhile, objections were filed against UPFA nominees including Group Leader Dullas Alahapperuma and Manoj Sirisena, citing their dual citizenship. The returning officer announced later, however, that the list would be accepted since this is a matter that should be resolved in court.
From the District of Nuwara Eliya, 14 accepted political parties including the Citizens Front have submitted nominations while nine independent groups will also contest the election from the District. The UNF nominations list for the district were submitted by group leader, Minister Navin Dissanayake on Monday.
The UPFA nominations list was submitted by C.B. Ratnayake. Narada Dissanayake, the son of S.B. Dissanayake, has been included on the UPFA list for the Nuwara Eliya district.
The General Secretary of the Citizens Front, MP J. Sri Ranga, submitted a nominations list that has not been seen before in the nation’s history; the list is composed entirely of female candidates.
Coming in from the Badulla District, 10 accepted political parties and seven independent groups are contesting in the election while the nominations of the Jana Setha Peramuna and an independent group were rejected. The name of Dilan Perera has not been included on the UPFA list, which will be led by Nimal Siripala de Silva. Perera has been included in the UPFA national list.
Thenuka Vidanagamage who has also received a nomination from the UPFA, is currently in remand custody.
The UNF nominations list was submitted by Group Leader Harin Fernando while the JVP nominations list was submitted by Group Leader Samantha Vidyaratne.
Finally from the Kandy District, 17 accepted political parties and seven independent groups have submitted nominations for the Kandy District. The UPFA has put forward a group led by Minister S.B. Dissanayake while Faiszer Musthapha has been included on the national list.
A.R.M. Abdul Cader, who was elected to parliament from the UNP in 2010, received a nomination from the UPFA this time around.
The UNF nominations list was submitted by Group Leader, Minister Lakshman Kiriella.
Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem will be contesting from the Kandy District on the UNF list while Provincial Councillor Azath Salley has been included on the national list.
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