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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

Sri Lanka: Polling for the two provincial Councils to be held on the 'Thai Pongal Day'

Colombo, 31 December, ( Provincial elections in the Central and North Western Province has been scheduled for February 14, Saturday, the Commissioner of Elections announced.

Nominations for the upcoming provincial council polls in the Central and North Western Provinces closed by noon today.

He said 10 political parties and eight independent groups have filed nominations to contest the Kandy district. 12 political parties and eight independence groups have also presented nominations to contest the Matale district. 14 political parties and 10 independent groups will contest the Nuwara Eliya district in the Central Provincial Council.

Eight political parties and five independent groups will compete in the Kurunegala district of the North-western provincial council. 12 political parties and 12 independent groups will contest the Puttalam district.

In the Kandy district, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the United National Party (UNP) and the National Development Front (NDF) had filed nominations with one independent group.

In Nuwara Eliya, the UPFA, United Socialist Front (USF) and the Patriotic National Front (PNF) handed nominations. In addition, three other independent groups too filed nominations.

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance, the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will contest all five districts of the two provincial councils.

The UPFA, USF, PNF and JVP handed over nominations for Puttalam while three other independent groups.

In Kurunegala, four independent groups had handed in their lists of nominees.

- Asian

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