Jan 01, Colombo: The Leadership Council of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says a decision has not yet been made on the chief ministerial candidates for the provincial council elections to be held this year.
The terms of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils will come to an end in April this year and elections are likely to be held to elect the new Councils.
Following a meeting of the Leadership Council today, its Chairman, parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya told a news conference that no names have been finalized to the position of the party's chief ministerial candidate.
He added that no party member will be forced to contest at the provincial council elections.
Jayasuriya made this comment in reference to reports that UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva has refused a proposal for him to contest as the UNP's chief ministerial candidate at the Western Provincial Council election.
However, the party is currently conducting interviews to select candidates for the anticipated provincial polls, he said.
Responding to media queries, Jayasuriya also denied that the party has taken a decision to field former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga as a common opposition candidate for presidential elections.