Candidates in the second general election of the year in Ceylon, handed in their nomination papers in Colombo, July 15.
Candidates in the second general election of the year in Ceylon, handed in their nomination papers in Colombo, July 15. One of the candidates who handed in his papers was caretaker Premier Senanaike, leader of the governing. United National Party. The UNP are fighting for 128 of the 151 seats.
After the March elections, the UNP was given a alight majority that proved useless in the first test of strength in the new Parliament, forcing Premier Senanaike to call a new election on July 20. The UNP may attract more votes this time as result in of the cut they made on the price of rice, during their month-long rule.
Another candidate to hand over nomination papers was Sirima Bandaranaike-widow of the late Premier Solomon Bandaranaike who was killed by a gunman-who leads the Sri Lanka Freedom party. They have put up 98 candidates. In the last elections they collected 46 seats to the UNP's 51. More seats may go to the SLEP this time as they have a no contest agreement with the Trotskyist Lanka Sama Samaj Party, to prevent splitting the anti-UNP vote, The LSSP only have 21 candidate standing.
Most of the vote between the two large parties is split by the middle of the road People's United Front, with 55 candidates they could get enough seats to force another election.