Mul­laitivu polls: Nom­i­nees get back de­posits with in­ter­est

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE -

Can­di­dates who filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to con­test lo­cal polls in Mul­laitivu six years ago are to be given back their de­posits with in­ter­est as the nom­i­na­tions pa­pers have been revoked.

A gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion was is­sued this week re­vok­ing the nom­i­na­tion pa­pers. It notes that some of the can­di­dates have died or have been dis­placed or have changed their par­ties, while the youth nom­i­nees have grown above the stip­u­lated age of thirty-five. Some of the can­di­dates have left the coun­try.

How­ever they will be en­ti­tled to an in­ter­est of twelve per­cent a year from the date the de­posits were made.

The can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties paid Rs 1,500 and in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates Rs 5,000 some six years ago for the Mul­laithivu lo­cal polls.

The lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions for the Pudukudyirippu and Mar­itimepattu Pre­deshiya Sab­has were post­poned many times since nom­i­na­tions were called for in 2011. The polls were fur­ther post­poned fol­low­ing an in­terim stay or­der is­sued by the Supreme Court in 2015.

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