ballot box     The ruling coalition in Sri Lanka put out advertisements in Tamil newspapers today inviting nominations from those interested to contest the first-ever elections to the northern provincial council in the Tamil-dominated region.

The ruling coalition United People’s Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) national organiser and senior minister Basil Rajapaksa was quoted as saying by the weekend press  that Tamil newspapers are carrying the advertisements, and  that the UPFA was looking for academics, professionals and civil society representatives as candidates.

The advertisements in Tamil papers ‘Virakesari’, ‘Thinakaran’ and ‘Thinakkural’  called for people who are for development and reconciliation and want to enter politics.

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