Sri Lanka rejects new political party applications

21:52, January 20, 2011      

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Sri Lankan election officials said Thursday that some 86 applications to register new political parties were rejected as they failed to meet requirements.

Among the party registrations rejected were that of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former army chief Sarath Fonseka who is now in jail.

Fonseka wanted to register a new party titled "Democratic Party ".

Tiran Alles, a spokesman for the DNA, said the reason for rejection was the lack of audited accounts. He said there was no possibility of furnishing accounts as the Democratic Party had not yet functioned a full year.

Sri Lanka has a surfeit of political parties, 67 of them in the register but only a few contests at each election.

The Democratic National Alliance contested the general election for the first time in April 2010, winning seven seats in the 225 member parliament.

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