ops committee under scrutiny
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.