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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Now Mini Polls Time in Sri Lanka

By Our Colombo Correspondent Prasad Gunewardene

Colombo, 05 June, ( As the dust settled on a thirty year terrorist war, all political parties in Sri Lanka are once again geared to test the pulse of the people at another mini election at provincial level.

This time, the mini election is due in the Uva Province, in the hill country which covers three districts.

The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa goes to this poll with confidence after defeating the LTTE terrorism.

The Opposition United National Party looks to harp on a media freedom and the cost of living as issues to place before the voters.

On Thursday, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe proposed a tri-partite meeting on media issues with the Government, Opposition and Media Groups as participants.

The government maintains that it does not interfere with the freedom of the media in the country and journalists were quite free to exercise their rights in a responsible manner.

The ruling Rajapaksa administration has so faced four mini elections in four provinces and won convincingly. The main opposition UNP was crushed in a humiliating manner for the first time in UNP strongholds in the Sabaragamuwa, Central, Western and Eastern areas at those elections.

Nominations for the forthcoming poll to the Uva Provincial Council will be received shortly by the office of the Elections Commissioner.

- Asian Tribune -

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