Seventy percent voter turnout:
Uva PC polls free and fair – Elections Chief
Returning Officers said the Badulla district had sixty eight percent
voter turnout while the Moneragala district recorded a 63 per cent voter
turnout. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya speaking at a press
conference immediately after polls closed last evening expressed
satisfaction over the conduct of the poll and said that the elections
were free and fair.
At the time of going to press the first postal votes were announced
where the UPFA led with 5,632 votes while the UNP obtained 2800 and the
JVP got 1,101 votes.
A UPFA victory was predicted by political analysts at the time of
this edition going to press. The brisk voter turnout pointed to the fact
that voters had confidence in the electoral system and the peaceful
situation prevailing in the country also contributed to it.
Political analysts pointed out that this time around the rise in
voter turnout compared to other PC elections held in the past showed a
Initial situation reports indicated that there would be no re-poll in
any of the polling stations in the Uva province, a spokesman for the
Elections Secretariat said at the close of polls yesterday.
The total number of registered voters in the Badulla District was
609,966. Election monitors said that several minor incidents of election
related violence had been reported from the Uva province. Additional
Elections Commissioner R.M.A.L. Ratnayake said they had received
complaints of violent incidents but they did not warrant a cancellation
of results in any station, adding that however, the final confirmation
will be made by the Elections Commissioner after an evaluation of
reports by returning officers and the Independent election observers.
Counting of votes in the Badulla district commenced at 6.30pm in three
main centres consisting of 71 halls.
The three centres include the Badulla district Secretary’s Office,
Badulla Central College and Badulla Viharamahadevi Vidyalaya.
Elections officials recorded brisk voting during the morning session
from 7 to 12 noon, with over 50 percent of the registered voters turning
up at polling stations in both districts of the Uva Province to cast
Over 60 percent of the 942,760 registered voters in the province had
cast their votes at the close of polls at 4.00 pm yesterday.
Twenty-two registered political parties and 11 Independent groups
fielded over 670 candidates for the 32 seats and two bonus seats to be
won in the Provincial Council which was dissolved by Gazette
notification dated July 11. The term of the Provincial Council was to
expire in August this year.
In the Badulla district, 10 political parties and four independent
groups fielded candidates with 18 seats to be won, while 12 political
parties and seven Independent groups will contest 14 seats in the
An additional 60,000 voters in the Uva province were eligible to cast
their vote this year compared to the 2009 election. The Police deployed
over a 12,000 strong police force, including the STF in the Badulla
district, to ensure a peaceful poll. However, polls monitors said
polling was not without incidents with PAFFREL recording over 66
incidents and CaFFE 39 incidents by afternoon yesterday.
At the last Uva PC election in August 2009, the United People’s
Freedom Alliance obtained 418, 906 votes (72.39 percent) while the main
Opposition United National Party bagged 129, 144 votes (22.32 percent).
The number of seats secured by each party was UPFA 25 including two
bonus seats, UNP seven seats and the People’s Liberation Front and
Upcountry People’s Front one seat each.