Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) expressed disappointment over the results at the parliamentary selection but said the result they got at the general election would strengthen their representation in Parliament.
The JVP only managed to win four seats out of the 196 seats that were polled and with the two bonus seats they will have six members in the next parliament.
Addressing a media conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatte today (18th), leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said the party launched a strong campaign and expected better results.
"We launched a strong election campaign. We compiled a national programme to develop the country and took it to the masses. We held rallies, meetings, pocket meetings to take our message to the people. We expected a larger result than the one we have got. The result we have got is not the one we expected," he said.
Speaking further Dissanayaka acknowledged that when compared with elections held until now this election was free and fair although there were a few incidents and certain incidents were prevented from being carried out.
He extended thanks to the Commissioner of Elections and his staff and the IGP and police officers for taking action to hold a free and fair election and noted that it is the duty of candidates as well as citizens to strive to hold fair and free elections.
Mentioning that a large number of people supported their campaign Dissanayake pledged that the representation the people have given the party would be utilized to win all challenges that are aimed at the people and the country.
"The Parliamentary representation the people have given us would be used for our future political journey," he said.