With Mangala pulling out of contest SLPP eyes additional seat from Matara District



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By PRIYAN DE SILVA


District Leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) former Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera’s withdrawal from the 2020 parliamentary election contest, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has a good chance of securing another seat in Parliament, said former MP and state minister Kanchana Wijesekera, addressing a meeting organised by Municipal Councilor Nihal Ranjith at Weliweriya, Matara on Sunday (28).


There were 659,587 registered voters in the Matara District, who would elect seven MPs and the SLPP was confident of winning the five seats they held in the last parliament. "With the SJB District leader’s withdrawal we have a good opportunity of increasing our five seats to six", Wijesekera claimed.


Six of the 10 nominated by the SLPP to contest the forthcoming Parliamentary election from the District are former MP’s (five elected by the people and one from the national list) and four of them held portfolios.


With seven of the 10 contestants attending Sunday’s meeting at Weliweriya, Wijesekera quipped that the seven were more intent on gaining additional votes for the party rather than canvasing for preferential votes.


He called upon those present to elect those who would be a strength to President Rajapaksa and assist him to fulfill his vision of a prosperous nation.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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