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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party records increase in votes in the South and West, gets 11 seats
Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 01:27 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has recorded an increase in its votes in the Western and Southern Provinces in comparison to the last election for the two Councils in 2009.

The party has increased its three seats in the Western Provincial Council to six seats and won a total of 11 seats in the Western and Southern Provincial Councils.

The party suffered setbacks for several years until yesterday's polls.

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference today that the election results had dismantled the President's power map planned for the next six years.

He explained that the election results in the Hambantota District has clearly reflected the downfall of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, since the UPFA vote percentage in the district dropped from 67% to 57% when compared with the previous provincial elections held in 2009.

He added that the Hambantota district is considered the power base of the President and his family.

"Our voter base of 72,379 in the Southern Province at the 2009 election has been raised to 109,032 at this election. The vote ratio has risen to 9% and the number of seats has increased from 3 to 5. Hambantota District has one seat more than in 2009 and the vote ratio has increased to 13%. We have been able to get this vote ratio in the stronghold of the President and his family," Dissanayake said.

According to Dissanayake, the JVP's new policy decisions and the decision to change the party leadership were reasons for its victory at the PC polls.

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