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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2193

Sri Lanka elections turnout signals bad news for "Good" government

Colombo, 10 Fwebruary, (Asiantribune.com):

Amid tight security, Sri Lanka's local government polls closed on February 10th evening in a peaceful manner.
The Election commission said that the overall voter turnout in the elections was around 65%-at 10.2 Million voters.

This surprise 65% high turnout was unexpected.

It comes despite the unprecedented rules preventing excess election campaigns, poster displays and advertising imposed on parties and candidates. Close to 107000 security officials including the Police and 7278 other election officers from the government were deployed for the elections. The 10.2 million voters cast their ballots to elect 8356 members to 341 local government bodies.

By 4pm many Districts showed strong Matara 65%,Galle 75%,Moneragala 75%, Anuradhapura 75%,Kalutara 70%,Badulla 62%,Hambantota 70%,Vavuniya 70%,Matale 80%.

The high voter turnout was despite the strict rules on campaigns, and shows strong voter interest than expected.

The voter turnout experience of Sri Lankan elections has been that almost all high turnouts have resulted in toppling of the existing rule/governance by voters. This does not bode well for the coalition government of President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Authorities also said 39 people including 08 candidates arrested "for election law violations".

- Asian Tribune -

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