The federal branch of the Liberal Party has extended its control over its NSW branch.
Ongoing preselection issues will mean the joint committee consisting of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Liberals president Christine McDiven will now have control until April 2.
This will mean the committee will be able to preselect candidates of their choosing for seats such as Eden-Monaro, Parramatta and Warringah.
The federal arm of the Liberal Party took over control earlier in March in order to guarantee preselection for a number of seats, including North Sydney, Farrer and Mitchell.
"Today, the federal executive of the Liberal Party resolved unanimously to intervene and appoint a committee to take over the management of the NSW Division, in accordance with clause 12.3 of the federal constitution of the Liberal Party," a statement reads.
"The intervention ground is based on the circumstances that decisions have not been made in relation to the endorsement of candidates where there is one or more nomination from candidates, namely in the seats of Eden-Monaro, Fowler, Grayndler, Greenway, Hughes, McMahon, Newcastle, Parramatta and Warringah."
The three members of the committee will have the ability to select and endorse their preferred candidate for each seat.
Intervention by the federal branch has stirred divisions within the party, with a number of members asking for a rank-and-file process to be adhered to.
The NSW branch was previously instructed to resolve preselection issues by the end of March.
In January, fury between the NSW factions was ignited after a supposed backroom deal elevated former Young Liberal Alex Dore to be the preferred candidate for the seat of Hughes, currently occupied by independent Craig Kelly.
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