Registration for Fonseka`s party rejected

Sri Lankan election officials today rejected applications of 86 new political parties seeking registration, including one by the now jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 00:45 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan election officials
today rejected applications of 86 new political parties
seeking registration, including one by the now jailed former
army commander Sarath Fonseka.

Officials said rejection of 86 applications for
registration of new political parties was caused by their
failure to meet the necessary requirements.

Democratic Party of Fonseka is one of the constituent
parties of the Democratic National Alliance also headed by the
former General.

The DNA was established in the run up to parliamentary
election held in April last year where the DNA secured seven
seats in 225 member parliament.

"DNA is an alliance. The party (Democratic Party) we
seek to register is also part of it," General Secretary of the
Democratic Party, legislator Tiran Alles told PTI.

"We will make an appeal. If (there is) no success
we`ll take legal action," he said.

The former four-star General, the key military figure
who led the armed forces to a remarkable victory over the
Tamil Tigers in May 2009, fell out with his former commander
in chief President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ended up challenging
him at the January polls last year.

Within two weeks of losing the election, Fonseka was
arrested and tried by military courts.

He was sentenced to 30 months of hard labour for
irregularities in military purchases.

Sri Lanka has 67 registered political parties of which
only a few are politically active.

Meanwhile, the filing of nominations for local
government elections began today.

"A week-long nomination period got under way this
morning without any incidents at divisional secretariats in
respective districts," officials said.

Police have been asked to provide adequate security if
demanded by the returning officers by the Election
Commissioner.

PTI