Despite conditions laid out by President Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said today that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would contest from Kurunegala and he would sign the nomination papers on July 10.
He said various media reports had created an “unnecessary confusion” over the matter.
Earlier, former SLFP Parliamentarian T.B. Ekanayake said the former President would sign the nomination papers on July 08. However, it was later postponed due to differences of opinion over the matter.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly insisted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should only contest from the Hambantota district under the UPFA ticket.
He has also added that Rajapaksa will not be appointed as the Prime Ministerial candidate or the head of the UPFA election campaign