The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has already finalized and handed over its national list on Friday; August 21. The lists include the names of Malik Samarawickrama, DM Swaminathan, Karu Jayasuriya, Ven.Athuraliye Ratana Thera, Dr.Jayampathi Wickramaratne, Thilak Marapane, Prof.C.A.Marasinghe, MKDS Gunawardene, MHMM Navavi (All Island People Congress), MHM Slaman (Sri Lanka Muslim Congress), ARA .Hafeez (Sri Lanka Muslim Congress), Anoma Gamage and Sirnal De Mel.
Meanwhile, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) sent its finalized National List containing 12 names to the Elections Commissioner on Friday evening. S.B. Dissanayake, Thilanga Sumathipala, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Angajan Ramanathan, M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane and Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa, who all contested and failed to secure their seats at the General Election, have been named to parliament through the list. Sarath Amunugama, Malith Jayathilake, Dilan Perera, Faizer Musthapa and A.H.M. Fowzie were the rest of the National List MPs of the UPFA.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) finalizes, but faces issues. The JVP which elected only four representatives at the elections has been given two seats from the national list. The party announced that former Auditor General Sarathchandra Mayadunne who is also the first name in the party’s national list and Sunil Handunetthi who lost the elections will be appointed through the national list. Party Secretary Tilvyn Silva has also made a statement that the party came to that decision after consultation of all, including the national list name holders.
However, the second in the national list, Attorney-at-Law Crishmal Warnasuriya refuted the JVP Secretary’s Silva’s statement, and publicly announced that they never came to such a conclusion and the initial discussion over the subject ended with plans to discuss further. Lawyer Warnasuriya also added that appointing Handunetti had differed with what they told the public about the JVP’s national list. An official from the JVP said that the party had no idea that he was expecting an MP post. “We always act as a party and not as individuals. Our decisions are taken after discussions and this issue was discussed lengthily,” he added.