Sept 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) today admitted that the party had faced a setback at the provincial council elections held yesterday for three of the nine provinces.
Addressing a media briefing at the party headquarters Sunday, the General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake said according to the results of the North Western and Central PC elections, the party has suffered a setback but this election is not a national election for a regime change and this result does not in any way influence the national outcome.
He was quick to point out that at a national election which would impact the country and the people, the ruling party will not have the same vote base.
Attanayake claimed that the government's vote base has in fact decreased when compared to the 2009 provincial council election in the two provinces for which the ruling party secured power convincingly yesterday. He said that according to the results there is a clear loss in percentages of the votes and the government has failed to retain the votes it received in 2009.
He said the people in the North have gone against the government and handed over the power to the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance.
In the Northern Province the UNP faced a humiliating loss failing to gain even one percent of the vote in all districts except Vavuniya where it only gained 2.84 percent of votes.
The General Secretary said his party will study this PC election results in length and take steps in future to defeat the totalitarian government.