UPFA wins Western Provincial Council election
[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 April 2009, 10:22 GMT]
The ruling United Peoplesí Freedom Alliance (UPFA) secured 68 seats in the Western Provincial Council (WPC) consisting of the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutura, polling 1,506,115 votes while the main opposition United National Party (UNP) won 30 seats with 688,253 votes, sources in Colombo said. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) won 2 seats polling 49,388 votes, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) secured 3 seats with 56,384 votes and Democratic United Alliance (DUA) won one seat getting 11,970 votes.
Election Department released the results of WPC polls Sunday noon and the counting of the votes polled individually by the candidates is in progress.
UPFA had secured 59 seats in the last WPC election and UNP 39 seats.
The ruling alliance has increased its number of seats by 9 while UNP has lost 9 seats in this WPC polls.
SLMC which had won 4 seats in the last poll had only secured 2 seats this time.
UPFA which had won 59 seats contesting the polls joined by JVP in the last election had reaped 68 seats without JVP alliance.
Voting in the WPC polls began at 7:00 a.m Saturday and ended at 4:00 p.m