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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the largest ally of the ruling coalition, will call for applications from prospective candidates soon to contest the elections for the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in September, party officials said yesterday.    

The SLFP-led alliance will handpick 19 candidates for the Jaffna district, eight for the Mannar district, and eight for the Mullaitivu district, nine for the Vavuniya district and seven for the Kilinochchi district.

SLFP National Organiser and Minister Basil Rajapaksa said his party would put up a newspaper advertisement soon calling for applications from those willing to contest the election.  

“We will conduct the election to the NCP for sure. We need to select candidates for it,” he said.

The government constitutes the NPC for the first time. Earlier, there was a single provincial council for the North and East but this came to an end when the East was de-merged from the North on a court order.  

The NCP will comprise 38 members including two bonus seats.  There will be 16 elected from Jaffna, five from Mannar, six from Vavuniya, five from Mullaitivu and four from Kilinochchi.  The number of seats has been determined according to the population in the North based on the latest census, and the geographical size.

According to the Provincial Council Election Act, there should be presidential order to the Elections Commissioner to conduct an election for the first time    to a provincial council. (Kelum Bandara )

  Comments - 9

  • Imtias Saturday, 27 April 2013 04:36 AM

    Some guys are going to see norther lights.

    tony Saturday, 27 April 2013 04:47 AM

    On how to rig the polls

    ANTON Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:00 AM

    Another new governor, chief minister, provincial ministers, secretaries, what are their exact duties ?

    Suq Madique Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:10 AM

    More like northern jilmart!

    Suq Madique Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:12 AM

    Now our northern brothers cannot complain they were not treated equally as us in the south by rigged polls.

    Labby Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:17 AM

    Embracing murderers can always be done in the name of brotherhood, love, compassion, forgiveness.. That's fine, but what about justice to the people? Is this an act of love and compassion or is it done for the sole purpose of wanting to remain in power?

    Wayne Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:27 AM

    Election violence. A needless election.

    Grace Saturday, 27 April 2013 05:25 AM

    May be the elections results are already decided.

    Arul Monday, 29 April 2013 03:22 AM

    Remember the Movie ‘Dictator’ now we can call Governor, Chief Minister, Prime minister, and President .....

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