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* Ruling party victorious at provincial polls in Sri Lanka while main opposition party dominates Colombo area
Sun, Mar 30, 2014, 12:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has managed to secure the majority of votes in all the Colombo area polling divisions while the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has claimed the overall victory at both the Western and Southern Provincial Council polls.

The UNP has won the Colombo North, Colombo Central, Borella and Colombo West polling divisions while the UPFA has secured the suburbs of Colombo district of the Western Province, namely, Dehiwala, Ratmalana, Kolonnawa, Kotte, Kaduwela, Avissawella, Homagama, Maharagama, Kesbewa and Moratuwa polling divisions. Results for the Colombo East are yet to be released.

In Colombo District, ruling party gained 18 seats with 45.33% of the votes and UNP secured 12 seats with 29.21% of votes. Marxist JVP gained 3 seats with 7.62% of votes while Democratic Party gained 7.32% of the votes and 3seats. Democratic People's Front gained two seats with 4.52% of votes and Muslim parties Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and All Ceylon Makkal Congress gained one seat each.

In the other two districts of the Western Province the ruling party has emerged victorious in all polling divisions.

The UPFA has secured 23 seats in Gampaha District while UNP has gained 10. Sarath Fonseka led Democratic Party won 4 seats while Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) secured 2 seats and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress won one.

Overall, in Gampaha District the UPFA gained 57.98% of the votes and UNP 24.80%.

In Kalutara District, ruling party gained 13 seats with 58.91% of the votes and UNP secured 6 seats with 25.26% of votes. Democratic Party gained 7.62% of the votes and 2 seats while the JVP came in fourth with 4.42% of votes and one seat.

In Southern Province, the ruling party was victorious in all three districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota.

In Galle District, the UPFA obtained 57.58% of the votes and 13 seats, while UNP received 26.34% of votes and 6 seats. The Democratic Party gained two seats with 8.92% of the votes and the JVP secured one seat with 5.99% of the votes.

The ruling UPFA received 59.19% of votes in Matara District and gained 10 seats while the UNP with 24.66% votes gained 4 seats. The JVP secured two seats with 10.03% votes while the Democratic Party gained one seat with 5.25% votes.

In the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's home district of Hambantota, the ruling party gained 57.42% of votes and 8 seats while the UNP secured 26.34% votes and 4 seats. The JVP gained 12.93% votes and two seats.

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