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* Sri Lanka opposition wants cash from Elections Department for votes received in 2004
Sat, Mar 13, 2010, 09:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: In line with the election laws in the country, Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party has requested the Elections Department for the cash it is entitled to receive for the votes polled at the last general election.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has requested the Elections Department to give the party the sum of money it is entitled to. The Elections Department is to pay 50 cents for each vote received by the party at the 2004 general election.

A consultant to the Elections Department said there was a legal provision for a political party, which has received over 1% of votes, to claim cash from the Election Department for the number of votes polled by the party at the last general election.

However, the respective political party could request for the money if it is to contest the forthcoming general election under the same party and symbol as it contested at the 2004 general election.

At the last general election, the ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) received 4,223,970 votes while the UNP polled 3,504,200 votes.

The governing UPFA however said it has never requested for the cash it had been entitled to for votes received at respective general elections.

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said there was no decision to request for the cash this time around as well.

The Marxist party JVP is however not entitled to the facility as the party contested the 2004 general election under the UPFA and is currently planning to contest under a different alliance.

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