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* Sri Lanka Ruling party to finalize list of candidates for provincial polls by 27th
Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will finalize its list of candidates for the upcoming Western and Southern Provincial Council polls by the 27th of this month.

The Nomination Board of UPFA's main constituent Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will select the candidates for the two provincial council polls when it meets on next Monday (January 20), party sources told the state-run radio.

The interviews to select candidates will be conducted at the SLFP Headquarters in Colombo. The party officials said they have received over 200 applications so far but there are only 25 slots available in both provincial councils. Interested applicants need to obtain the relevant application forms from the headquarters.

Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake said the party is currently conducting the interviews to select candidates for the two provincial council polls.

The party will announce its chief ministerial candidates for Southern and Western provinces after it hands over the nominations, he said.

The Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said the party has completed approximately 90 percent of its candidate selection process.

The governors of the Western and Southern Provinces dissolved the councils at midnight Sunday.

The term of the Western Provincial Council is due to end on March 27 this year and the term of the Southern Provincial Council is to end on November 4.

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