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Rajapaksa's party expected to win Lanka local govt polls

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Former Rajapaksa led SLPP is expected to win the local government elections based on the results so far.

According to unofficial results from various districts where polls were held yesterday, Rajapaksa's Podujana Party (SLPP) is expected to win a majority of the 340 councils.

There are 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 275 pradeshiya sabhas, the legislative bodies that preside over the third-tier municipalities in the country.

In the first officially declared result coming from the Tamil-minority dominated north, won the Manthai east local council in the Mullaitivu district with Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) coming second.

In another official result from the south, Rajapaksa's SLPP has won the southern Galle district's Ambalangoda council, winning 10 seats while rival parties shared rest of the 10 seats.

The government had postponed the elections for over 330 local councils in the island nation since 2015 for electoral reforms.

In order to postpone the polls by a year, the government proposed an amendment to the Constitution to hold elections for all nine provincial councils on a single day.

The in September ruled that the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution to hold on a single day requires two-third parliamentary majority and a nationwide referendum.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 03:40 IST