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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Liberation of East Completed, Overwhelming Response by People

Colombo, 11 March, (Asiantribune.com): The Liberation of the East from the clutches of LTTE terrorism is over. People overwhelmingly gave their mandate to the government, repudiating the canards and unfounded allegations heaped by anti-democratic forces and sections of the media. The people mirrored other ideas and showed that they wanted representative democracy.

Tamil Tigers who de-stabilized their region have been driven out for good and separatism died a natural death. The elections also may have driven the last nail in the coffin of the Tamil National Alliance holding proxy to the LTTE.

Fifty six percent of the people voted at the elections to nine local government bodies after fourteen years. A section of the media down-played the significance of the historic vote citing that about 200 people were turned away for lack of valid IDs. People of the East had already disregarded these prophets of doom who had predicted dire happenings if the polls were held to the pradeshiya sabhas. The gloomy forecasters were debunked.

The historic Batticaloa local government election ended peacefully yesterday with a 56 percent voter turnout. Among the areas with the highest voter turn out of 78% was reported from the Manmunai Pattu Pradehisiya Sabha Division. The lowest turn out of 38 percent was reported in the Porativu Pattu area. In the Batticaloa Municipal Council area there was a 49 percent voter turnout.

Batticaloa Hindu Vidyalaya was the place that received all the ballot boxes. Counting started at 7.00 pm.

In the Tamil majority areas, the election was relatively peaceful. Voting stared at a slower pace but caught up during the day. A police force of 6000 officials deployed for election duty ensured security at all times. The voters were allowed into polling centers only after a thorough body search.

The People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) also confirmed that the election was held peacefully except for a few incidents reported in Vakarai. there had been few.

Results of the polling in the 9 local government bodies are given below:

In the Eravurpattu Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 10 seats, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress won 2 seats, and Independent Group 1 won 1 seat and United Peoples Freedom Alliance 1 seat.

In the Koralepattu North Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 10 seats and United Peoples Freedom Alliance 1 seat.

In the Manmunai West Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 6 seats and Independent Group 1 won 1 seat.

Also, given below the earlier results of the other six local government bodies which went to polls yesterday.

In the Batticaloa Municipality,Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal candidates under United People’s Freedom Alliance banner fared very well. UPFA won 11 seats in the election and captured the Municipality, where as Independent Group 1 won 6 seats and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Eelavat Democratic Front one each.

In the Koralepattu Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 6 seat, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress won 2 seats, United People’s Freedom Alliance won 2 seats and Independent Group 1 won 1 seat.

In the Manmunai South and Eruvilpattu Pradeshiya Sabha,Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal 7 seat and Independent Group won 3 seats.

In the Manmunaipattu Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai won 7 seats and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress won 2 seats.

In the Manmunai South West Pradeshiya Sabha Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 8 seats and Independent Group won 1 seat.

In the Porativupattu Pradeshiya Sabha, Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal won 7 seats and Independent Group won 2 seats.

- Asian Tribune -

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