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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2058

Sri Lanka: Peaceful voting begins in the North and Uva

J.Yogaraj - reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 08 August, (Asiantribune.com): Polling for the Uva provincial council, Jaffna Municipality, and Vavuniya Urban council commenced at 7 O’clock this morning. So far, according to reports reaching Colombo, voting has been calm and peaceful without any major incidents. A brisk voting was reported from the polling centres in the morning session.

Voting in the Uva Provincial council , Jaffna Municipaity and the Vavuniya Urban council commenced at 7.00 a.m. this morning and would close by 4.00 p.m. today.

Presentation of the national identity card is compulsory to cast vote. However, an ID approved by the election secretariat could also be used for this purpose.

For the UVA Provincial Council a total 32 Councilors are to be elected from the two districts - 21 from Badulla and 11 from Moneragala. A total of 875,456 voters have been registered for the provincial council elections in Uva, where 23 political parties and seven independent groups are in the fray.

In the two Local body elections in the North, 23 members from the Jaffna Municipality and 11 from Vavuniya Urban Councils are to elected in today’s polling.

In the Jaffna Municipality, there are 100,412 registered voters, where four political parties and two independent groups and a total of 174 candidates are vying for 23 seats.

Also 5,000 IDPs in the welfare camps are also eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming elections.

In the meantime, Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dishanayake has appealed for the support of everyone to ensure a free, fair and peaceful polling.

- Asian Tribune -

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