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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2522

The new people's mandate given to the "Mahinda Chinthana"

“I see the convincing victory by the United People’s Liberation Front (UPFA) at the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils held yesterday as a victory for all our people who love our motherland. It is an election where the country has won,” states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message on the results of the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces held yesterday.Sri Lanka President Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

The United People’s Liberation Front (UPFA) won a clear majority of seats in both Provincial Councils.

Given below the full text of President’s Message:

"I see the convincing victory by the United People’s Liberation Front (UPFA) at the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils held yesterday as a victory for all our people who love our motherland. It is an election where the country has won. While thanking the people of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura, and Kegalle Districts and all others, who contributed to this victory, I call upon them to enjoy their success in peace.

“I express my humble gratitude for the new people’s mandate given to the "Mahinda Chinthana" through the free and fair election held yesterday.

"There is no doubt that public opinion represented in the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces is the opinion of the entire country. While the majority of our people have been able to defeat the many vicious efforts of forces that were ranged against the country, the strength and morale that our heroic troops will receive from this victory in their battles to finally end bloody terrorism from our country is immeasurable.

"My government and I give foremost place to the country, and its people. This public mandate has given greater strength and courage to expedite and energize our march to protect the country and awaken the people.

"I repeat the plea I made to you in the Presidential Election of 2005 to help build a country that is free of the differences of political party, colour and all such differences. I wish to state that the door remains open for those who have delayed to join us on that march.

"I also take his opportunity to extend my thanks to the Commissioner General of Elections, all public officers, and all sections of the armed services and police for the commendable work they have done for the conduct of a free and fair election.

Given below the final polling results of the two provincial Councils:

Sabragamuwa Provincial Council – Final Results

United National Freedom Alliance Polled 472, 789 Votes which is 655.377% and won 25 seats.

United National Party Polled 346,321 Votes which is 40.53 % and won 17 seats

People’s Liberation Front (JVP) Polled 19,068 Votes which is 2.23% and won 2 seats

Ceylon Workers Congress Polled 10, 163 Votes which is 1.19%

United National Alliance Polled 1495 Votes which is 0.17%

Valid: 854,376 Votes which is 94.75
Rejected: 47,297 Votes which is 5.25%
Polled: 901, 673
Electors: 1,318, 826

North Central Province Council – Final Results

United National Freedom Alliance Polled 307,457 which is 56.37% and won 20 seats

United National Party Polled 205,284 which is 37.64% and won 12 seats

People’s Liberation Front (JVP) Polled 26,738 which is 4.90% and won 1 seat

Valid: 545,440 which is 95.10%
Rejected: 28,082 which is 4.90%
Polled: 573,522
Electors: 846,473

- Asian Tribune -

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