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UPFA national ops committee under scrutiny

By Rasika Jayakody
The United People’s Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) national operations committee will be held responsible for the rejection of 35 nomination papers, presented to contest the forthcoming local government elections, Minister Dullas Allahapperuma told The Nation.
Minister Allahapperuma, himself a member of the UPFA national operations committee said that the party does not want to point fingers at any particular individual. But he admitted that careless mistakes were made by certain individuals including some electorate organisers and district leaders.
“The electorate organisers and district officials could have double-checked the nomination papers, sent from Colombo by the party secretariat,” the Minister said. The ruling UPFA which is planning on taking legal action against the rejection of nominations at several local government institutions at the forthcoming election is said to be seeking possibilities of reaching a consensus with the UNP and the JVP when taking legal action in several areas, party sources revealed.
“We hope the court will fairly review some nomination papers which were rejected due to ‘small technical faults.’ If not, we will have to pursue other alternatives,” a party official said.