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* Main opposition party of Sri Lanka to set criteria for future election candidate selection
Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 09:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) will decide on a mechanism to select candidates to contest from the party at future elections.

The UNP's Working Committee will meet tomorrow and discuss the possibility of setting up a mechanism to choose candidates for elections under the supervision of the party leader.

The proposal to get the party leader to supervise the candidates selection has been mooted due to complaints that some efficient persons have been prevented from contesting at elections as a result of some wrong choices made by electoral and district organizers.

Under the current system, it is the electoral and district organizers who play a key role in selecting candidates to contest from the party.

The UNP's nominations committee faced many issues when deciding on candidates to contest at the recently concluded Western and Southern Provincial Council polls.

During a UNP parliamentary group meeting held prior to nominating candidates for the two provincial councils which had elections last Saturday, a UNP MP became confrontational over the party's selections for the Western Provincial Council and attempted to assault the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The UNP Working Committee will decide tomorrow on a mechanism that would ensure that candidates in future will be decided by the party leadership and the Leadership Council.

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