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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2828

UNP supported Independent Group wins Colombo Municipal Council

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 21 May, (Asiantribune.com): An independent group supported by the United National Party secured the Colombo Municipal Council in the capital of Sri Lanka as the last leg of the elections for the country’s local government bodies concluded yesterday.

Independent Group III won over 82,000 votes (40%) in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) against its main rival, the United People’s Freedom Alliance led for the CMC by firebrand leftist Vasudeva Nanayakkaya, which trailed behind with 57,000 votes.

Independent Group III is supported by the United National Party whose nominations for the CMC were rejected due to the inclusion of an under age candidate in its nomination list. The UNP team for the CMC was led by one time Colombo Mayor and Minister Sirisena Cooray.

According to the deal reached by the UNP and the Independent Group III for which it campaign in the election, the candidates of the Independent Group will resign upon election paving the way for the UNP nominees to take the vacated seats.

However, the Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake in a legal opinion last week announced that replacement for members resigned from their seats in the local government institutions should be the next in the line of the preferential vote in the party nomination list. He said replacements couldn’t be made outside the nomination list.

The election for CMC was delayed due to legal action taken by the UNP, after their nominations were rejected.

- Asian Tribune -

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