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Wanni District: Final Results

Displaced12,011(59%) 5,497(27%) 2,527(12%)
Mannar7,431(26%) 3,125(11%) 15,026(53%)
Vavuniya13,714(31%) 3,638(8%) 17,372(39%)
Mullaitivu2,238(23%) 169(2%) 5,241(54%)
Postal Votes2,128(49%) 354(8%) 1,507(34%)
Total37,522(35%) 12,783(12%) 41,673(39%)
Seats2 1 3

Colombo District: Final Result

C-North15,976(31%) 30,825(61%) 3,226(6%)
Central-C21,794(27%) 51,421(64%) 6,243(8%)
Borella13,662(40%) 16,421(48%) 3,619(11%)
C-East14,662(38%) 19,241(49%) 4,608(12%)
C-West5,169(26%) 13,056(64%) 1,675(8%)
Dehiwala15,472(43%) 15,831(44%) 4,256(12%)
Ratmalana19,486(48%) 15,384(38%) 5,061(13%)
Kolonnawa37,782(54%) 23,949(34%) 8,371(12%)
Kotte22,799(49%) 16,374(36%) 6,729(15%)
Kaduwela56,539(59%) 23,546(25%) 14,460(15%)
Avissawella42,259(65%) 16,730(26%) 5,432(8%)
Homagama57,951(61%) 26,841(28%) 10,103(11%)
Maharagama44,200(58%) 18,937(25%) 12,313(16%)
Kesbewa60,139(63%) 21,953(23%) 13,532(14%)
Moratuwa40,369(54%) 25,356(34%) 8,159(11%)
Postal Votes12,637(65%) 3,885(20%) 2,896(15%)
Total480,896(51%) 339,750(36%) 110,683(12%)
Seats10 7 2

Nuwara Eliya District: Final Result

N'Eliya-M'Keliya72,766(50%) 59,339(41%) 10,912(8%)
Kotmale24,790(61%) 13,553(34%) 1,120(3%)
Hanguranketa18,866(61%) 10,362(34%) 236(1%)
Walapane26,017(66%) 11,551(29%) 881(2%)
Postal Votes6,672(72%) 2,080(23%) 40(0%)
Total149,111(56%) 96,885(36%) 13,189(5%)
Seats5 2 0

Puttalam District: Final Result

Puttalam28,191(56%) 20,961(42%) 654(1%)
Anamaduwa38,413(75%) 11,109(22%) 1,269(3%)
Chilaw38,073(66%) 17,555(31%) 1,759(3%)
Nattandiya27,518(64%) 12,864(30%0 2,246(5%)
Wennappuwa30,075(60%) 17,105(34%) 2,457(5%)
Postal Votes5,499(73%) 1,558(21%) 407(5%)
Total167,769(65%) 81,152(31%) 8,792(3%)
Seats6 2 0

Hambantota District: Final Result

Mulkirigala35,851(63%) 17,700(31%) 3,364(6%)
Beliatta31,330(67%) 12,192(26%) 3,338(7%)
Tangalle46,289(67%) 17,174(25%) 5,449(8%)
Tissamaharama52,058(57%) 33,172(36%) 5,751(6%)
Postal Votes9,280(69%) 2,789(21%) 1,284(10%)
Total174,808(63%) 83,027(30%) 19,186(7%)
Seats5 2 0

Jaffna District: Final Result

Kayts6,441(72%) 392(4%) 1,671(19%)
Vaddukoddai3286(22%) 3,438(23%) 5,341(35%)
Kankesanturai4,518(39%) 584(5%) 5,018(44%)  
Manipay5,643(34%) 1,424(9%) 7,194(43%)
Kopay4,377(28%) 1,122(7%) 7,467(48%)
Udupiddy2,533(24%) 717(7%) 4,630(45%)
Point-Pedro3,402(34%) 697(7%) 3,783(38%)
Chavakachcheri2,777(19%) 1,248(9%) 7,664(53%)
Nallur3,467(25%) 896(7%) 7,490(55%)
Jaffna3,479(34%) 616(6%) 4,713(46%)
Displaced2,803(48%) 643(11%) 2,143(36%)
Kilinochchi3,367(37%) 386(4%) 4,192(46%)
Postal Votes1,529(23%) 461(7%) 7,664(53%)
Total47,622(32%) 12,624(9%) 65,119(44%)
Seats3 1 5

Anuradhapura District: Final Result

Medawachchiya26,178(72%) 8,404(23%) 1,596(4%)
Horowupotana23,499(66%) 10,186(28%) 1,790(5%)
A-East30,497(66%) 11,019(24%) 4,541(10%)
A-West31,803(69%) 11,370(25%) 2,436(5%)
Kalawewa42,905(71%) 14,662(24%) 2,583(4%)
Mihintale21,291(71%) 6,645(22%) 1,752(6%)
Kekirawa17,029(43%) 10,850(28%) 1,298(3%)
Postal Votes28,002(74%) 7,224(19%) 2,113(6%)
Total221,204(67%) 80,360(24%) 18,129(6%)
Seats7 2 0

Digamadulla District: Final Result

Ampara51,777(61%) 29,812(35%) 2,188(3%)
Sammanturai28,252(65%) 10,184(24%) 3,972(9%)
Kalmunai8,332(22%) 20,457(55%) 7,947(21%)
Potuvil32,603(43%) 27,189(36%) 14,248(19%)
Postal Votes11,132(72%) 3,115(20%) 713(5%)
Total132,096(51%) 90,757(35%) 26,894(11%)
Seats4 2 1

Matale District: Final Result

Dambulla42,847(70%) 15,080(25%) 2,645(4%)
Laggala27,777(75%) 8,478(23%) 688(2%)
Matale23,734(58%) 14,659(36%) 1,974(5%)
Rattota26,818(62%) 14,666(34%) 1,574(4%)
Postal Votes9,893(73%) 2,854(21%) 755(6%)
Total131,069(67%) 55,737(29%) 7,636(4%)
Seats4 1 0

Trincomalee District: Final Result

Seruwila22,756(65%) 6,936(20%) 3,297(9%)
Mutur18,576(37%) 21,963(44%) 8,068(16%)
Displaced4(17%) 0(0%) 19(83%)
Postal Votes7,487(66%) 2,074(18%) 1,306(12%)

Mahanuwara District: Final Result

Galagedara18,198(64%) 8,836(31%) 1,209(4%)
Harispattuwa46,026(58%) 30,124(38%) 3,551(4%)
P-Dumbara23,956(57%) 16,214(39%) 1,477(4%)
U-Dumbara20,851(72%) 7,544(26%) 521(2%)
Teldeniya14,275(62%) 7,732(34%) 800(4%)
Kundasale26,070(57%) 16,282(36%) 2,775(6%)
Hewaheta20,848(60%) 13,145(38%) 736(2%)
Senkadagala21,431(53%) 15,411(38%) 2,965(7%)
Mahanuwara9,187(44%) 10,226(49%) 1,454(7%)
Yatinuwara26,419(61%) 14,621(34%) 1,983(5%)
Udunuwara26,154(60%) 15,590(36%) 1,949(5%)
Gampola27,843(58%) 19,144(40%) 1,228(3%)
Postal Votes20,408(71%) 6,281(22%) 1,952(7%)
Total301,666(59%) 181,150(36%) 22,600(5%)

Sri Lanka ruling party wins parliamentary election

Apr 9 (AFP) Sri Lanka's ruling party cruised to victory Friday in parliamentary elections but fell short of the two-thirds majority that would have allowed President Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the constitution. Rajapakse's UPFA secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly with another 45 seats left to be declared, results released by the Elections Commissioner showed. The main opposition UNP won 46 seats. more..

Master Blaster in parliament

Apr 9 (DM) Sri Lanka’s master batsman Sanath Jayasuriya (UPFA) has secured the most number of preferential votes from the Matara District by obtaining more than 71,000 votes while Buddhika Pathirana has topped the preferential list from the UNP with just over 50,000 votes. Meanwhile Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena (UPFA) has secured the second highest number of preferential votes from the district by obtaining more than 69,000 votes more..

Sri Lanka ruling alliance wins parliamentary majority

Apr 9 (Reuters) President Mahinda's Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won a simple majority of seats in parliament, official results said on Friday, as counting continued. Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance had won 120 seats out of 180 initially decided for the 225-member parliament. The next closest challenger had at least 47. It takes 113 seats to have a majority and form the government. more..

Sri Lanka elections buoy ruling party; Tamils sidelined

Apr 9 (CSM) Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition holds a strong lead in Thursday’s parliamentary elections, buoying a government that aims to prioritize economic development over political reconciliation following decades of civil war. With election returns still being counted on Friday, the UPFA was expected to capture around 140 seats in the 225-seat legislature. That would fall short of a two-thirds supermajority. But the total could grow through coalition or party crossovers. more..

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Apr 9 (HP) Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections concluded yesterday could define its future. If President Rajapaksa's party wins two-thirds majority as expected, he can make far-reaching constitutional amendments. Sri Lanka's future depends upon his ability to use these powers to repair relations with the Tamils. The island is at a crossroads. Having completed a disputed presidential election and returned Mahinda Rajapaksa, more..

Rajapaksa should reach out to Tamils after election: Blake

Apr 9 (Hindu) Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State and former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, on Thursday said, “I think it is important for the administration of President Rajapaksa to reach out to the Tamils… It is important that they feel that they are going to be able to live a future of hope and of opportunity, that the internally displaced people that are now in camps… be allowed to go back to their homes.” more..

Q+A - Sri Lanka's president seeks constitutional majority

Apr 9 (Reuters) President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling alliance won a majority as votes were counted on Friday from a parliamentary poll and predicted it would come within striking distance of a two-thirds majority. Rajapaksa wants a two-thirds legislative majority so he can amend Sri Lanka's constitution. Although he has said little about the changes he wants, the opposition has vowed to thwart what it calls a threat to democracy and a recipe for authoritarianism. more..

Sri Lanka's ruling coalition wins elections

Apr 9 (AP) President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won Sri Lanka's first postwar parliamentary elections further consolidating his political dominance after the battlefield defeat of the Tamil Tigers last year. Friday's victory follows Rajapaksa's re-election in presidential polls three months ago. Despite opposition allegations the president wants to monopolize power, he is a hero to many of the country's Sinhalese majority hoping for a new era of development and reconciliation. more..

Ups and downs in Sri Lanka elections

Apr 9 (BBC) While many stalwarts of the ruling coalition have secured victories in the parliamentary elections, there have also been many upsets. With 180 seats determined in the chamber of 225, 117 have gone to the governing coalition and only 46 to the next biggest party, according to the department of elections. The final result of the preferential vote is yet to be announced but Sri Lanka media and correspondents have been announcing unofficial results. more..

Debrief News - 09. 04. 2010

Overwhelming Tamil majority rejects elections under Sri Lankan State

Apr 9 (TN) A record number of candidates, numbering more than 1800 contested for the parliamentary seats in the North and East, but Eezham Tamils responded to it by a record low in participation. The turnout was only 18 percent in the North. Even after including the displaced it is only 23%. The clear verdict of Eezham Tamils, said in the most profound democratic way under circumstances possible, is that they have no confidence in democracy under Sri Lankan State. more..

Victory for President Rajapaksa in Sri Lankan parliamentary election

Apr 9 (Times) President Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition has cruised to victory in a Sri Lankan parliamentary election, enhancing his own vast powers and paving the way to prolong his rule beyond 2017, despite a record low turnout. Yesterday’s election also marked the birth of a new political dynasty in South Asia with Mr Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, expected to win his first seat in Parliament after graduating from City University in London last year. more..

Sri Lanka president says victory is vote for him

Apr 9 (AFP) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said Friday his party's resounding parliamentary victory was a vote of confidence in his socialist economic policies. The president, who was not a candidate at Thursday's vote, said the landslide for his United People's Freedom Alliance was a vote for his economic and social vision that included the crushing of Tamil rebels last year. more..

Rohitha Bogollagama losing in Colombo?

Apr 9 (AD) With former Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama being apparently left out of the preference vote list in the Colombo district, he has raised objections and urged for a recount of the votes, Adaderana reliably understands. A difference of opinion had occurred between former Education Minister Susil Premajayantha and Mr. Bogollagama, leading to the recount, sources said. more..

Sri Lanka: Drive to promote ginger cultivation

Apr 10 (FP) Three hundred farmers have been selected to cultivate ginger in 1,000 acres under the Herbal Cultivation Villages Project, Indigenous Medicine Ministry sources told the Daily News. Ginger oil is essential for producing various types of herbal medicine which are very valuable. The Ginger cultivation has been started in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Hambantota Districts. The Yala season yielded 20,000 kilograms. more..

Indian health Ministry miffed over cricketers going to Lanka for treatment

Apr 10 (PTI) The health ministry is miffed over cricketers Ashish Nehra and Gautam Gambhir going to Sri Lanka for Ayurvedic treatment for their injuries as they think better facilities in this field are available in India. A senior official in the department of Ayush is understood to have shot off a letter to a secretary in the sports ministry regarding this. The official said in the letter that the players could have been treated by doctors in India itself. more..

Editorial:A decisive mandate in Sri Lanka

Apr 10 (Hindu) The results of post-conflict Sri Lanka's first parliamentary elections are on expected lines. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling UPFA, led by the SLFP, has scored a decisive victory on the strength of a vote share that may exceed 60 per cent. After President Rajapaksa's big victory in the January 26 presidential election, there was never really any doubt about the outcome of Thursday's general election. more..

What to watch for from Sri Lanka's next government

Apr 10 (Reuters) The strong victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition in parliamentary polls should bring much-needed clarity for investors who have been keenly watching one of Asia's newest frontier markets. Significantly, Friday's victory means the one thing Rajapaksa had told everyone to wait for -- the end of the post-war political season he predicted would give him a much stronger government -- is now here. more..

Sri Lanka lose 39,000 industrial jobs

Apr 10 (LBO) Sri Lanka has lost 39,700 industrial jobs and 136,000 agricultural jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009 from a year earlier but gained 56,200 service jobs, a government survey showed. There was a 16,600 nnet gain in non-farm jobs in the last quarter from a year earlier. But compared to the third quarter there was a loss of 104,000 non-farm jobs, with the services sector losing 112,700 jobs and industry gaining 8,600. more..

Shrines in post-war north swamped by visitors

Apr 10 (UCAN) About 3 million people have descended on northern Sri Lanka during the past three months on pilgrimages to three of the region’s most prominent places of worship. The end of the civil war has seen an influx of visitors to Nagadipa Vihara, a Buddhist shrine, the Nallur Murugan Kovil Hindu temple in Jaffna, and the Madhu Marian shrine in Mannar. more..

Sri Lankan opposition alleges election fraud

Apr 10 (CBC) Sri Lanka's largest opposition alliance has accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition of committing electoral fraud following the results of the country's first post-war parliamentary election. Rajapaksa's UPFA has so far won 117 of the 225 contested seats. UNF official Tissa Attanayake accused Rajapaksa's government of using violence and intimidation to sway voters during the campaign and on election day. more..

Sri Lanka foreign reserves US$5.1bn in January

Apr 10 (LBO) Sri Lanka's foreign reserve rose slightly to 5,135 million US dollars in January 2010 from 5,096 million US dollars in December, which was equal to about 5.8 months of imports, the central bank said. With the balances at the Asian Clearing Union, a regional arrangement with non-convertible currency countries, foreign reserves were 5,328 million US dollars. more..

Manmohan Singh congratulates Rajapaksa on party's win in polls

Apr 10 (PTI) Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh today congratulated president Mahinda Rajapaksa for his party's convincing win in the Parliamentary elections. Singh spoke to Rajapaksa on phone and congratulated him for his party's convincing win in the elections. Rajapaksa's UPFA returned to power bagging 117 of 225 seats in the first post-LTTE era parliamentary polls in Sri Lanka more..

Lankan naval officers to train on board Indian warship

Apr 10 (PTI) In a gesture aimed at improving bilateral military ties with Sri Lanka, the Navy will throw open its warship, which is on a visit to Trincomalee harbour, to about 100 trainee officers from the Lankan Navy. The trainee officers would go around INS Magar, a Landing Ship Tank (medium) used for amphibious operations and also as a replenishment ship, when they would be given exposure to various on-board activities including more..

Sri Lanka peace to bolster coalition

Apr 10 (FT) Sri Lankans on Friday ushered in a new post-war era in the island’s politics, delivering an overwhelming mandate to the ruling coalition of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that may be enough to empower him to change the constitution. Voters rewarded the man for ending the nation’s 25-year civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels last May and for his folksy style, which is designed to appeal to rural dwellers rather than the urbanised elite of the capital Colombo. more..

Snorkeling in Mirissa

Elections: voter apathy, ruling coalition win

Apr 10 (AN) President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party is slated to win a majority of seats in the elections to renew the 225-member parliament. Counting is underway, but it has been slower than expected because of alleged vote rigging in two districts. However, it is not yet clear whether the UPFA will be able to win the two thirds of the seats needed to amend the constitution without the participation of the opposition. The turnout was also very low (45-50 per cent). more..

Sri Lankan lawyers slam Australian asylum freeze

Apr 10 (ABC) Human rights groups in Sri Lanka have condemned the Federal Government's decision to suspend the processing of Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum seekers. Some refugee lawyers in Sri Lanka say the Australian Government has made a bad decision. Lakshan Dias from the South Asian Network for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants says Sri Lanka is still not safe for members of the minority Tamil population. more..

‘Jewel of Muscat’ to leave port for Sri Lanka today

Apr 10 (GT) Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a ninth century Omani cargo vessel, will set sail for Galle in Sri Lanka from here today morning on its second leg of its historic voyage using ancient navigation techniques. The wind-powered dhow retracing the historic maritime route between Arabia and the Far East arrived here on March 15 after a tumultuous sail from Oman that took 28 days and more..