The UNP says the party would not entertain members from other parties to contest the forthcoming local government elections under the UNP’s elephant symbol.
Party secretary Tissa Attanayake told a press conference today (11) that the party had decided not to allow members from other parties to contest the local government elections under the elephant symbol following the decision on the SLMC and several Tamil MPs to cross over to the governing party.
The SLMC and several Tamil politicians contested the last general election under the UNP banner and a few months later crossed over to the government.
Attanayake said the UNP would contest in all 303 local government bodies.
He said that the second round of interviews to select party candidates would be held next week. During the selection process, the party is to give prominence to members without any disciplinary charges or inquiries during their last term in the respective bodies, professionals, youth and women.