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The ‘swan’ symbol may appear again on ballot papers at the August 17 general elections as the New Democratic Front (NDF) has conveyed its intention to contest the polls, party officials said yesterday.

Mr. Maitripala Sirisena also contested the January 8 presidential election as the common Opposition candidate using the swan symbol of the NDF. Earlier, in 2010, Mr. Sarath Fonseka contested the presidential election using the same symbol.

NDF secretary Sharmila Perera told Daily Mirror that she had notified the Elections Commissioner, as required by the law, of her party’s intention to contest the elections.

“We have to inform the Elections Commissioner within a given period of time after the gazette notification announcing the election is issued. We have acted accordingly. However, we have not taken a final decision. We informed the Commissioner as a precautionary measure,” she said.

Asked whether top rung politicians had agreed to field candidates under the swan symbol this time, she said, “There is no hurry to act in this regard. There is time enough and more.” (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 5

  • nanda Thursday, 02 July 2015 03:32 PM

    Is this a business? Need clarifications from the party owners and the parties who contested using this symbol.

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:11 AM

    Whatever symbol no problem, but Mahinda should be defeated.

    J Palitha Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:13 AM

    Any symbol - but No more the name should appear or pronounced of Rajapakshe.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:14 AM

    We like the symbol of swan, it is not only lucky but pleasant too like our President Sirisena. Mambotty is a suitable symbol for Mahinda with that the people can give him a final blow to be knocked down.

    wasalaya Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:46 PM

    If Mahinda is no one to be concern why politicians are so worried about him contesting. May be his Rock Star status every time he steps out of the car.


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