Sri Lanka’s political parties intend to contest the parliamentary elections next month submitted their lists of candidates for the fray today to the relevant district secretaries. Acceptance of nominations for the General Election scheduled to be held on 17 August 2015, ended today at 12.00 noon, the Elections Department announced. The nomination list of the government party, United National Party (UNP), which formed a common front yesterday with several other political parties against the former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, included UPFA members Minister Champika Ranawaka and Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha, Eran Wickramaratne Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva and Sujeewa Senasinghe and State Minister Rosy Senanayake were among the candidates for the Colombo district.
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa filed his nomination papers to contest the election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) from Kurunegala district while his staunch supporters Susil Premajayantha, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Bandula Gunawardena filed nominations from Colombo district.