Tuesday, March 11, 2008

After 14 years voted for local government election in northern Batticoloa district

Voting in the Batticaloa District in Northern province Local Government polls has ended peacefully. A notable feature was the conduct of the polls sans violence. Election officials said polling was satisfactory. People voted after 14 years for local government election.
Counting Centers have received the ballot boxes. Counting is now in progress. Our correspondents said voters enthusiastically exercised their franchise. 270,471 were eligible to vote.50% voted at the polls. Polling took place at 287 booths. Six recognized political parties and 22 independent groups fielded 831 candidates. 101 members will be elected to the nine local bodies.