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* Sri Lanka governing party will not appoint defeated candidates to parliament through National List
Mon, Apr 12, 2010, 07:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.


The UPFA is likely to get 17 National List slots,

Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance yesterday (11) said that party candidates who were defeated at the general election would not be accommodated on the National List to enter the parliament.

Governing party spokesperson and former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told the media in response to a question that the party had taken a firm decision not to appoint any defeated candidate to parliament through the National List.

A questioned was posed by the media following speculation in political circles that former Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was trying to secure a slot in the UPFA National List.

Four cabinet ministers including Bogollagama and former Justice Minister Milinda Moragoda lost their seats at the election.

The number of national list MPs allocated to a party depends on the number of votes the party received at the election. The UPFA is likely to get 17 National List slots as the party has secured about 62 percent of the votes.

A total of 29 National List MPs will be appointed to the 225-member parliament alongside with the 196 elected members.

The UPFA's National List comprises Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka, D.M. Jayaratna, Dullas Alahapperuma, G.L. Peiris M.H. Mohammad, Vishwa Warnapala, Dew Gunasekara, Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Geethanjana Gunawardena, Ven. Ellawala Medhananda thera, the Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha thera, Muttu Sivalingam, Achala Jagoda, Mohammad Musammil, W.J.M. Loku Bandara, Vinayagamurthi Muralidharan, Anuruddha Ratwatte, J.R.P. Sooriyapperuma, Janaka Priyantha Bandara, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, Leslie Devendra, A.H.M. Azwer, Malini Fonseka, Harischandra Wijetunga, Sarath Kongahage, Kamala Ranatunga, Chandrasekeran Shanmuganathan, U.L. Shahula Hameed and Shanmugam Jegadeeswaran.


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