SLFP dissidents seated with the Joint Opposition in Parliament stand undecided on how to extend support at the next local government elections, political sources said.

A section of the Joint Opposition comprising the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and the National Freedom Front has mooted the idea of contesting as an umbrella alliance.
However, SLFPers now in the Joint Opposition are pushing towards a move to merge with the SLFP to extend support to a UPFA to challenge the UNP.

A minister who was defeated at the last general elections but brought on the National List is now brokering the move to unite the SLFP and the Joint Opposition.

However, the SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to be having reservations on the attempt to unite with the Joint Opposition as many of them have been critical about him and his government before and after the last presidential elections.

Meanwhile, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has decided to contest the local as a separate political party, mustering the support of several trade unions.