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* Sri Lankans go to polls today to elect members to two provincial councils
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 12:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 29, Colombo: Polls to elect members to Sri Lanka's Southern and Western Provincial Councils began this morning at 4,253 polling centers in the two provinces.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa cast their ballots at the Medamulana D. A. Rajapaksa Maha Vidyalaya in the Hambantota district this morning.

Altogether, 3,794 candidates from 25 recognized political parties and 15 independent groups are contesting for 155 seats in the two major Provincial Councils at the election.

According to the Election Secretariat, 6,898,418 people in the Southern and Western Provinces will be eligible to vote today.

In the Western Province, there are over 1.5 million eligible voters in Colombo district, 1.6 million in the Gampaha district and 900,000 in the Kalutara district.

The voters will elect 102 councilors to the Western Provincial Council (WPC) and 40 councilors each will be elected to the Colombo and Gampaha district while 22 councilors will be elected for the Kalutara district.

In Southern Province, 53 councilors will be elected for the Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts. There will be 22 councilors for Galle district, 17 for the Matara district, and 14 for the Hambantota district. The registered number of voters in southern province has exceeded 1.83 million.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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