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* Sri Lanka Opposition Leader names candidates for UNPers to vote for in Moneragala District
Mon, Apr 5, 2010, 08:46 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe called on UNP supporters in the Moneragala District to cast their preferences to three out of four candidates named by him.

Wickremasinghe said that out of those contesting from the UNF in the Moneragala District, preferences should be given to the candidates Nihal Chandrasiri, Ranjith Abeyratna, Shanaka Samarawickrama and A. Sumathipala.

He made this statement at a rally in Bibile and called on the Moneragala District voters to first mark the "X" in front of the elephant symbol and to choose three out of the four candidates mentioned by him.

UNP Moneragala District parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Uva Provincial Council member Ananda Kumrasiri were also at the rally attended by Wickremasinghe.

Madduma Bandara and Kumarasiri have been accused of altering the party's Moneragala District nominations list and deleting Uva Provincial Council member Tissa Kuttiarachchi's name from the nomination papers.

Kuttiarachchi, whose name was allegedly removed from the nominations list before it was handed over to the District Returning Officer, filed a petition before the Supreme Court on last month seeking the cancellation of the party's Monaragala District list or the inclusion of his name in it.

However, the Supreme Court ruled that it cannot take up the matter further since the petitioner had not raised any objection during the time given to raise objections by the Election Commissioner on the day of the nominations.

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