Candidates for the Ceylon general elections are becoming increasingly active as the Marc 19 polling day draws near. 898 candidates of 23 political parties have filed nomination papers to contest for the 151 seats in new House of Representative.
LS Parliament House in Colombo.
LS Temple trees - official residence of late Premier Bandaranaike.
United National Party; Banner of UNP.
Two elephants at the head of UNP procession.
MCU Dudley Senanaike among supporters.
MS Elephant and supporters.
CU Dudley Senanaike speaking.
MS Kandian dancers receiving D. Senanaike at another rally.
Dudley Senanaike leaving rally.
Lanka Freedom Party; banner.
MS Speaker at rally. (candidate Mr. Hema Daban)
CU Bandaranaike's garlanded portrait.
CU Girl speaking at LFP rally.
Ceylon Democratic Party: LS. Crowd.
Party flags etc.
CU Prime Minister Dahanaike speaking.
Lanka Sama Samaj Party: Banner.
Dr. N. M. Perera received by cheering supporters.
CU Perera on platform - garlanded.
CU Perera speaks.
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Background: Candidates for the Ceylon general elections are becoming increasingly active as the Marc 19 polling day draws near. 898 candidates of 23 political parties have filed nomination papers to contest for the 151 seats in new House of Representative.
The election follows the dissolution of parliament Dec.4 1959 on the advice of Premier Dahanayake after the Sept 25 assassination of the late Premier Solomon Bandaranaike.
Three main contesting parties are the United National Party - favourites to win the election - led by former Premier Dudley Senanayake; the People's United Front, led by former Minster Philip Gunawardene; and the late Premier's Sri Lanka Freedom party, now under the patronage of his widow, Mrs. Bandaranaike.
Premier Dahanayake, formerly of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, recently resigned to lead the new Ceylon Democratic Party. Other parties in the field of include the Trotskyist Lanka Sama Samaj party, which had the largest number of opposition candidates in the dissolved 101-seat Parliament; the Communists; and the Federal Party.