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* Sri Lanka's pro-government Tamil party contests Jaffna under ruling alliance
Sat, Feb 27, 2010, 12:21 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Jaffna: Sri Lanka's pro-government Tamil party, Elam People Democratic Party (EPDP) and the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance are to jointly contest for the Jaffna District at the upcoming General Election to be held on the 8th of April.

EPDP Secretary General and Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda today handed over the party's nominations to the District Secretariat this morning.

Speaking to the media reporters after handing over the nomination EPDP Secretary General Douglas Devananda said, his party is contesting the election in conjunction with UPFA in order to solve all the problems of Jaffna people through reconciliatory politics.

The other candidates from the EPDP include former parliamentarian Chandrakumar Murukesu, EPDP Jaffna District Organizer Silvester Alantine Udhayan, Valikamam Zonal Organizer Pasupathi Sevaratnam (K.Pee), Thenmaratchchi Zonal Organizer Alexander Susaimuthu Charles, Island Organizer Kandasamy Kamalendiran (kamal), Vadamaratchchi Organizer Iyyathurai Srirangeswaran (Rangan) and former Heartly College's principal Murukupillai Sripathy are the candidates of EPDP and Ramanathan, Sri Saravanapavan, Sinnathampy and Muhamud Ameen.

A total of 324 candidates from 15 recognized political parties and 12 independent groups have entered the foray from Jaffna for nine slots in the parliament.

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