UNP to lead good governance coalition
To sign agreement with JHU today:
Coalition be registered after elections:
Parties to contest under Elephant symbol:
Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP)
Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, declared that a UNP led coalition will
contest the August elections under the Elephant symbol and invited
political leaders, who backed good governance to join the coalition
in the next few days. He was addressing the UNP Special Convention
at Campbell Park, Colombo.
SLFP split in two, CBK to lead Progressive Front:
UPFA stalwarts in new Front
UPFA stalwart, Land Minister M.K.A.D.S.
Gunawardena yesterday confirmed the formation of a broad political
front with the UNP, named the United Front for Good Governance, to
rally forces against those determined to reverse what he called the
January 8 silent revolution. The new political front which is still
to be formed will use the UNP’s Elephant symbol until it is
registered as a political party.
Foreign teams to observe polls
Teams from three international bodies, the
European Union, the Commonwealth and Federation of Election
Monitoring Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) will send missions to
observe the forthcoming parliamentary election, Deputy Elections
Commissioner M.M. Mohamed told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
Elections Dept receives 111 nominations
The Elections Department has received 111
nominations from registered political parties and independent groups
to contest the forthcoming general election. According to unofficial
sources, only five political parties and three independent groups
had handed over nomination papers by Friday.
TPF on UNP ticket
The Tamil Progressive Front (TPF), the three
party alliance of the Indian origin community, is contesting on the
UNP ticket under the Elephant symbol in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and
Badulla, Colombo, Ratnapura and Gampaha electoral districts.