Executive director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi has told Neth News that there were court cases against some of them.
PAFFREL also reports receiving complaints of election-related violence.
A son of an underworld godfather
Meanwhile, lankacnews website says the son of an underworld godfather is to contest from a leading party for Colombo Municipal Council.
He had just returned from overseas to contest the election.
The website also says a son of the underworld leader Kimbula Ela Guna too, is to handover nominations to contest from the Bloemendhal electorate.
It adds that among the candidates from leading parties are members and close friends of eight underworld gangs.