The United National Party (UNP) sources have stated that necessary steps have been taken to finalize its nomination lists of candidates for the forthcoming local government polls. There are 341 local bodies including the ones carved out for the first time.
UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim is scheduled to preside over meetings for five days to choose United National Front (UNF) candidates who will contest the local polls. The other members of the Nomination Board are Malik Samarawickrema, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Ravi Samaraweera, Sajith Premadasa, Ravi Karunanayake, Thalatha Athukorale and Kavinda Jayawardena. Three lawyers advising the UNP have also been co-opted to the Board. Representatives of its constituent parties like the Jathika Hela Urumaya and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress will participate.