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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

Elections: Resounding victory for Sri Lanka’s Ruling UPFA

J.Yogaraj reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 09 August, ( Sri Lanka’s ruling United People's Freedom Alliance scored handsome victories in the two local-body elections in the Northern Province and in the Uva Provincial Council election.

In the elections held just after defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, UPFA acquired a convincing majority in the Jaffna Municipal Council election bagging 13 out of the total of 23 seats.

Jaffna Municipal Council

The United People's Freedom Alliance scored a resounding victory in the Jaffna Municipal Council, securing 10,602 votes (50.67%) and 13 of the 23 seats. The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi polled 8,008 votes (38.28%), winning 8 seats, while Independent Group 1 polled 1175 Votes (5.62% ) and the Tamil United Liberation Front polled 1007 votes (4.81%) and got one seat each.

The Main opposition United National Party only received 83 votes.

Out of a total of 100,417 registered voters, the total votes polled was only 22,280 , according to the detailed results released by the Election Commissioner.

However, reliable sources revealed that the present voters register was last reviewed somewhere in the early part of 1991. The sources further revealed that as of today, the total voters in the Jaffna Municipality area will be 50 to 60 percentages less than that of the existing total voters in the register.

Vavuniya Urban Council

In Vavuniya Urban Council election, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi has received 4,279 votes (34.81%), while the Democratic Peoples Liberation Front gaining 4,136 votes (33.65%). UPFA has obtained 3.045 votes (24.77%) and one seat goes to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress polled 587 votes (4.78%). The United National Party received a total of 228 votes.

Total registered 24,626 and the total polled was 12,850 votes

Uva Provincial Council

The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) secured a convincing victory at the Uva provincial Council elections gaining a total number of 418,906 votes (72.39%). 25 UPFA members were elected.

The United National Party (UNP) polled 129,144 votes (22.32%). Only 7 UNP members were elected. The People's Liberation Front (JVP) obtained 14,639 votes (2.53%), while the Up-Country People's Front obtained 9,227 votes (1.59%). 1 member each from both parties were elected.

Total registered votes 875,452 and total polled was 613,133 votes.

- Asian Tribune -

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