MR wants a peaceful campaign

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for a peaceful election campaign to be held ahead of the provincial council elections in September.
The President told ruling party candidates contesting the polls in the Central and North Western Province to ensure the image of the party and the government is protected when they campaign for the election, the President’s office said today.
He also urged candidates to make sure their campaign does not disrupt the advanced level examinations which begin tomorrow.
The President also instructed his party members who are contesting the elections to return any government vehicle in their possession as per election rules.
The September polls will see 56 councilors being elected to the Central Province which consists of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and the Matale districts, 50 councilors to the North Western Province covering the Kurunegala and Puttalam districts and 36 councilors to the Northern provincial council.
The Election Department has accepted 201 nominations from 3,785 candidates in total for the three provinces. The political parties have fielded 2,279 candidates while independent groups have fielded 1,506 candidates. (Colombo Gazette)