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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 945

Sri Lanka: Polling concluded without any major incidents

J.Yogaraj - Reporting from Colombo

The voting in the Uva Provicial Council , Jaffna M.C. and Vavuniya U.C., concluded in a peaceful manner at 4 PM on Saturday. People of Jaffna and Vavuniya have exercised their voting rights after a lapse of 10 years.

The LTTE and its leader who showed scant respect for democracy, freedom and human rights were responsible for the assassination of a couple elected Mayors of the Jaffna Municipal Council.

The last Local Government election for the Vavuniya UC was held in March,1994. The Vavuniya UC had been dissolved in 1999. Although nominations had been called on two occasions to elect members to the Vavuniya UC, the elections could not be held due to the prevalence of threat to normal lives by the LTTE.

Voting for the Uva Provincial Council, Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban Council are being held for the first time after squarely defeating terrorism in the country. The voting concluded this evening at 4:00 p.m. and only a few minor incidents of violence were reported.

Assistant Returning Officers of the four districts, Badulla, Monaragala, Jaffna, and Vavuniya, said that there were no major election violence reported in their respective districts.

In the Uva province nearly 68 percent voter turnout was reported but in the Northern region it has dropped marginally.

According to sources, reasonable voter turnout was reported in Jaffna, while 45 to 50 percent turnout was reported in Vavuniya.

Election monitors confirmed that the polls were almost peaceful and they only received a total of about 20 complaints with regard to election violations.

The People's Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) said there were no major incidents reported.

The counting of ballots has begun in some centers in the two provinces, sources confirmed. The Election Secretariat hopes to release the results of the postal votes before midnight today.

- Asian Tribune -

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