Sri Lanka ruling party secures victory in local government polls

Oct 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s ruling party United People’s Freedom Alliance has secured victory in all local government bodies, results released so far showed.

The race between the ruling UPFA and main opposition United national Party (UNP) has come very close for the Kandy Municipal Council (MC) with UPFA receiving 49.78% of the votes and UNP receiving 43.12%. The UPFA has taken control of the Kandy MC with 13 seats and UNP has taken 10 seats. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a ruling party ally received one seat in the Council with 2.68% vote.

The UPFA also got control of the Nuwara Eliya MC with a narrow margin of victory to secure 6 of the 10 seats in the MC. The ruling party received 45.90% while the UNP received 42.29% of votes. The upcountry Tamil party, Ceylon Democratic Unity Alliance received 9.05% and secured one seat in the MC.

In Hambanthota, Sri Lankan President’s home district, the opposition has managed to secure 42.66% of votes and 6 seats of the 12-member MC while the ruling party received 55.88% votes and 8 seats.

The ruling party has secured clear victories in the other MCs for which results have been released – Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Galle, Kurunegala, Matale, Matara and Ratnapura.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has managed to secure one each in Galle and Matara MCs with a vote percentage of 2.55 and 4.04 respectively.

Poll results for Colombo, the most awaited MC, has not been released yet.

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