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* Sri Lanka's Central and Northwestern Provincial Council elections in April
Tue, Jan 1, 2013, 11:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka will hold election for the Central and Northwestern Provincial Councils in April 2013, a local radio station reported today.

Quoting reliable political sources, the radio Neth FM said the government had earlier decided to hold the election of the Western Provincial Council also in April but later decided to hold only the elections of the Central and Northwestern Provincial Councils.

The elections of these two Provincial Councils were held in April 2009 and their mandate is to end in April 2014. However, the government has decided to go for early elections.

Currently ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has 36 seats in Central Provincial Council while opposition United National Party (UNP) holds 22 seats.

In Northwestern Provincial Council, UPFA has 37 seats, UNP 14 and Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has one seat.

The Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces held elections for the respective councils in September 2012.

The government has said that election for the Northern Provincial Council, which currently does not have an elected administration system, will be held by September 2013.

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