Jan 22, Colombo: Many nominations submitted by recognized political parties and independent groups for Local Government elections have been rejected.
The National Election Commission has set the date for the polling on March 9 after the acceptance of nominations ended at noon yesterday (Jan 21).
Acceptance of nominations for 339 local government institutions was completed at 12 noon yesterday.
The District Election Officers have informed that there are problems in many nomination papers handed over. Accordingly, many nomination papers submitted by political parties and independent groups have been rejected.
The Colombo District Deputy Election Commissioner stated that only the nominations submitted for Homagama and Seethawaka local councils were accepted without any problem.
The nominations submitted by the New Lanka Freedom Party to the Colombo Municipal Council and the Moratuwa Municipal Council have been completely rejected.
Meanwhile, several political parties who had placed deposits for the local government institutions in Colombo district had not submitted their nominations for those institutions.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna had paid the deposits to the Colombo Municipal Council, Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council and Kolonnawa Municipal Council, but the nominations had not been handed over.
Also, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party had not submitted nominations to the Kaduwela Municipal Council even though it had paid the deposits.
Meanwhile, the nomination papers of two recognized political parties and two independent groups in Matara district have been rejected.
Badulla District Election Officer Ms. Damayanti Paranagama said that 163 nomination papers were submitted for 18 local government bodies in Badulla Administrative District, and nominations of 8 recognized political parties and 3 independent groups were rejected.
Kalutara District Government Agent Ginige Prasanna Janaka Kumara said 13 nomination applications submitted for 17 local government bodies in Kalutara district were rejected. The nominations of 10 major parties and 3 independent groups have thus been rejected.