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Wimal – Basil clash : Nomination crisis within lotus bud

Due to Wimal Weerawansa demanding the inclusion of over 800 candidates of the National Freedom Front (NFF) in the nomination list for the upcoming Local Government elections, Basil Rajapaksa, who is in charge of compiling the nomination list of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is facing a grave crisis, according to political sources.

The number of candidates allowed to be nominated from each party is almost 8000.

Under these circumstances, Basil Rajapaksa had notified Wimal Weerawansa that it was difficult to allocate 10% of the nominations for his party.

However, the NFF has said it had no intention of reducing the number of its party’s nominations.

At G.L. Peiris’s home:

A discussion regarding the nomination list for the upcoming LG elections is being held between the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna and the Joint Opposition.

The discussion between the Leader of the Podu Jana Peramuna and the leaders of the JO is being held at G.L. Peiris’s home in Colombo.

Many aspects including the compilation of nomination lists subsequent to discussions of the National Nominations Board and the boards of respective districts and the number of candidates contesting under the first-past-the-post and preferential system will be discussed.

The discussions that commenced yesterday (15) will be held today (16) and tomorrow (17) as well.

Subsequent to these discussions, interviews for the selection of candidates is expected to commence.