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EPDP confident of victory if Court upholds application

UPFA constituent Eelam Peopleís Democratic Party (EPDP) leader and Jaffna district MP Minister Douglas Devananda expressed confidence that they would win a majority of the 16 Local Government bodies in the Jaffna district, if their application filed in the Court of Appeal against the rejection of nominations is upheld by the Court.

The rejection of nominations was over the issue of the Tamil rendition of the party name UPFA under whose symbol they are contesting the polls, he said.

They are ready to go ahead with their polls campaigns for the March 17 election and look forward to the Court decision.

In the Jaffna district UPFA nominations to three Urban Councils - Velvettithurai, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri and 13 Pradeshiya Sabhas - Karainagar, Kayts, Delft, Velanai, Valigamam West, Valigamam North, Valigamam South West, Valigamam South, Valigamam East, Vadamarachchi South West, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri, Nallur were rejected by the Elections Department.

UPFA Secretary Minister Susil Premajayanth told the Sunday Observer that applications have already been filed in the Court of Appeal with regard to the rejection of their nominations to the 16 Local Government bodies in the Jaffna district. He said that the applications were filed under his name.

The Tamil rendition of the party name UPFA in the nominations was in variance with the name recognised by the Commissioner of Elections and registered with him, sources of the Jaffna Assistant Elections Commissionerís office said.

The decision was taken in consultation and on the instructions of the Commissioner of Elections, the sources said.

LG polls to the 16 Councils and the other 285 Councils will be held as scheduled on March 17 unless there is a Court injunction deferring the date of the polls to any of them and they are busy finalising arrangements to conduct the polls, authoritative sources of the Department of Elections said.

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