Written by Staff Writer
30 Mar, 2014 | 8:53 pm
The United People’s Freedom Alliance claimed victory in the Western and Southern Provincial Council Elections.
Notably however, the ruling alliance did see a reduction compared to the number of seats it won in both provinces at the 2009 provincial council poll.
While the UPFA secured 67.88 percent of votes cast in the Southern Provincial Council election in 2009, at this election the UPFA secured only 58.96 percent of the vote.
The UPFA which secured 64.73 percent of the votes cast in the Western Provincial Council Election in 2009, secured 53.35 per cent of the vote this time around.
According to the final election results in the Western Province, of the 102 available seats, the UPFA secured 56 while the Democratic Party won 9 seats.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna won 6 seats while the Democratic People’s Front and the Sri Lanka Mulsim Congress won two seats each.
The All Ceylon Makkal Congress won a solitary seat.
A notable factor that arises when comparing the result with the 2009 election, is that the JVP has succeeded in winning three additional seats.
The DP contesting the Western Provincial Council for the first time, won 9 seats.
District-wise, the UPFA lost 4 seats in the Gampaha District, 7 seats in Colombo and one seat in Kalutara compared to the previous election.
A notable feature of the election this time around is the emergence of the DP as the third force, with 7.97 percent of the vote in the Western Province.
The DP won four seats from the Gampaha District, three seats from the Colombo District and two from the Kalutara District.
The JVP has doubled the number of seats it received at the previous election this time around. Among the opposition parties, the UNP lost two seats in comparison with the previous election.
The final result in the Southern Provincial Council saw the UPFA winning 33 seats, the UNP winning 14 seats, the JVP winning 5 seats and the DP winning three seats.
The UPFA has lost five seats in comparison with the number of seats it won in 2009.
There had also been a change in the constitution of the seats per district, with a seat each being subtracted from the Galle and Matara District and being conferred to the Hambantota District.
The UPFA succeeded in retaining its seats in the Hambantota District including the two additional seats.
The UNP succeeded in claiming one more seat in the Hambantota District than it did in 2009 while the JVP also won an additional seat.
A significant development this time around is that the UPFA lost three seats in the Galle District and two seats in the Matara District in comparison with the number of seats it won at the 2009 provincial council election.
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