Rajapakse casts vote, turnout less than 60%

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2006, 12:15 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa cast his vote at the local Government polls at the polling centre in Medamulana D.A. Rajapaksa Maha Vidyalaya in Hambantota where his name is registered.

President casts his vote.
President casts his vote.
The Local Government ekections polls concluded at 4.00p.m. Thursday with a turnout of less than 60 per cent and sporadic cases of violence.

The highest turnout was recorded in Nuwara Eliya of around 75 per cent.

However the election was largely peaceful, officials said.

The Centre for Monitering Eleection Violence (CMVE ) said 60 incidents of election related violence were reported with Puttalam and Kandy recording the most number of incidents.

Of this number 18 were classifed as "Serious." The first results are expected around 10.00 p.m. Friday.

Heated election propaganda by the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its key constituent, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), and election violence explosed emerging splits within the alliance.

JVP has been urging voters to hand power to JVP.


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