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* Election wipe out of Sri Lanka's Marxists begins from southern stronghold
Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 07:41 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Marxist People's Liberation Front (JVP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) failed to win a single seat in Matara district.

From the results released so far the NDA led by defeated presidential candidate retired General Sarath Fonseka received only 20,465 votes from the district amounting to a percentage of mere 6.25The percentage was 6.25.

Mathura district in the Southern Province is one of JVP's major strongholds of the island. It is the home district founding leader of JVP, late Rohana Wijeweera.

Two JVP MPs, Premasiri Manage and Jinadasa Kithulegoda represented Matara district in the last parliament.

Ruling United People's Freedom Alliance won six seats out of the eight seats of the district while the major opposition United National Front (UNF) secured the other two seats.

Former Foreign Minister and the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party - People's Wing Mangala Samaraweera also contested under the UNF ticket from this district.

Preferential votes are still being counted.

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