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* Final results of the April 8 general elections late tonight after re-poll results
Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 08:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake is to announce the final results of the April 8 general elections late tonight after the conclusion of the re-poll in several areas of Kandy and Trincomalee districts today.

Accordingly, the Elections Commissioner would also announce the number of seats received by each political party and the number of National List slots allocated for each party.

The re-poll at 37 polling stations in the Nawalapitiya polling division of the Kandy district and one at the Kumburupitiya polling station in the Trincomalee district will be held today from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Elections Department has so far released the results of 20 out of a total of 22 electoral districts. The results of the Kandy and Trincomalee districts are being withheld due to the re-poll, called after large scale election violence and malpractices occurred at those polling divisions during general election. The Elections Commissioner annulled the results at these polling stations.

The Elections Secretariat had said yesterday (19) that the results of the Nawalapitiya re-poll was expected to be released before midnight today while the result of Kumburupitiya in Trincomalee would be released before 8:00 p.m. tonight.

A total of 50,598 registered voters are expected to exercise their franchise in 37 polling stations in Nawalapitiya while 977 voters will cast their ballots in Kumburupitiya.

While 500 election observers are to be deployed in the areas where the re-poll would be conducted, the police is expected to deploy a large number of police officers including STF personnel to provide security to the areas.

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