With the second general election of the year due on July 20, Ceylon is caught in the grip of a hard hitting campaign among 393 candidates from a variety of parties representing extreme left to extreme right.
LS. Crowd at UNP Rally at Colombo's Hyde Park.
CU Prize Minister Dudley Senanaika being garlanded.
SCU Dudley Senanaike speaking.
MS Finance Minister J.R. Jayawardena.
SLFP Flag (Palm)
Mrs. Bandaranaike at an SLFP election meeting
MS Sir Razeed Forced (in fez cap) - a former minister - speaking.
CU Mrs. Bandaranaike
Another meeting at LSSP stronghold: flag key (denoting no contest between SLFP & LSSP) and SLFP Flag.
MS Mrs. Bandaranaike arriving.
Two school girls signing welcome songs.
MS Portrait of the late Premier Bandaranaike.
SLFP Leader, M.P. De Soyza - former minister - speaking.
Women among crowd.
CU Mrs. Bandaranaike speaking.
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Background: With the second general election of the year due on July 20, Ceylon is caught in the grip of a hard hitting campaign among 393 candidates from a variety of parties representing extreme left to extreme right. Strongest in the field is the United Pational Party under Premier Senanaike. The UNP are fighting for 128 of the 151 seats.
After the March elections, the UNP was given a slight majority that proved useless in the first test of strength in the new Parliament, forcing Premier Senanaike to set a date for another national election. This time the UNP may attract more votes as a result of the cut they made on the price of rice during their month-long term of office.
Under the leadership of Sirima Sandaranaike - widow of the late Premier Solomon Bandaranaike who was killed by a gunman - the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has named 98 candidates. In the last elections they collected 46 seats to the UNP's 51. More seats may go to the SLFP this time as they have no contest agreement with the Trotskyist Lanka Sama Samaj Party to prevent splitting the anti-UNP vote. The LSSP have only 21 candidates 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 take enough seats to force yet another election. In the same position is the Federal Party of Tamils, which won 15 seats in the last election.