The United National Party has withdrawn the petition calling for the rejection of the Freedom Alliance nominations of the Nikaweratiya Pradeshiya Sabha. As such the poll will be held according to schedule.
Counsel appearing on behalf of the UNP intimated the decision to the Court of Appeal, when it was taken up for hearing today. Appeals Court judges requested the Counsels to intimate to Court of their decision through a motion and thereby withdraw the petition tomorrow. Accordingly the Counsels appearing on behalf of the UNP said that they would be withdrawing the related petition tomorrow. Additional Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that with the withdrawal of the petition, arrangements would be made to hold the poll for the related Pradeshiya Sabha on the scheduled date.