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* Minister Devananda thanks Jaffna voters for his highest mandate
Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 09:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 10, Jaffna: The Social Services and Social Welfare Minister and leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda contesting under the ruling party in Jaffna District has received 28,585 preferential votes, the highest in the list.

Mavai Senathirajah of Tamil national Alliance has received 20,501 while Vijayakala Maheshwaran, the widow of Late UNP MP T. Maheshwaran received 7,160 to enter the parliament. Two other EPDP members and four other TNA members also have been elected to represent the masses of Jaffna.

Minister Devananda thanking the voters for his victory said the mandate shows how the people have endorsed his reconciliation and feasible politics.

He said his party will move ahead with a new resolve striving for the people's political and livelihood rights in the feasible way.

Minister Devananda noted that in the past the party had only one seat in the parliament and now it has three seats to represent the people.

"This is a great victory for our people. Our political power will be increased further in future to easily achieve our political goal, the Minister said further.

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