The Sunday Leader

“Vote For Me And You Will Be Blessed”

UPFA’s LG Victory The United People’s Freedom Alliance won the 2011 Local Government election with a majority victory of 205 out of the total 234 LG bodies. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) came in second winning 12 while the United National Party (UNP) only managed to secure 9 LG bodies. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress [...]

Voter Turnout ‘Better Than Expected’

By Gazala Anver – Photo By Thusitha Kumara Local elections monitors claim that the voter turn out at the islandwide local authority elections was higher than initially expected. Executive Director, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), Rohana Hettiarachchi, said that on average, a voter turn out of around 55% – 65% was expected [...]

Alleged Counting Fraud

By Nirmala Kannangara UPFA candidate Dinesh Rajapaksa charged that Lands and Land Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and his son Pramitha engaged in acts of intimidation and manipulated the Dambulla Municipal Council election results. Rajapaksa told The Sunday Leader that Minister Tennakoon manipulated the UPFA preferential votes so that he got one of his staunch [...]

High Voter Turnout Could Be Evidence Of Rigging

By Raisa Wickrematunge CAFFE Director Keerthi Tennekone said that there was evidence of well-planned rigging in the concluded local government elections. The UPFA prevailed overall by a comfortable majority. However Tennekone charged that some areas, like Kattankudy showed evidence of rigging due to unusually high voter turnout. One example was Millathmahalir Vidyalaya, where there was [...]

Mervyn Silva: A Law Unto Himself

The media on Thursday were given access to enter the premises of a polling center in Kelaniya to cover Minister Mervyn Silva casting his vote at the local government election despite strict instructions issued by the Elections Department not to do so. The Government Information Department in a release a day before the polls had [...]

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