Public rejection at polls: Attackers who wielded cinnamon poles and clubs badly hit

Public rejection at polls: Attackers who wielded cinnamon poles and clubs badly hit

Written by Staff Writer

31 Mar, 2014 | 10:33 pm

Several individuals who were involved in the attack in Matara, on a procession of UNP supporters who had arrived from Devinuwara, demanding that the leadership of the party that has failed to bring victory to the party, were defeated at the provincial council polls this time around.

On October 5 last year, the procession of UNP supporters faced a planned attack near the Matara Urban Council.

Their attackers used cinnamon poles as clubs. A number of UNP supporters were injured in the attack. Newsfirst, broadcast images of the attackers in this fashion (please watch video) to assist the police to identify the perpetrators.

Nevertheless, these attackers were granted nominations by the UNP for the Western and Southern Provincial Council Polls.

In spite of them being granted nominations, the UNP supporters ensured their defeat at the ballot box.

Actress Nadeesha Hemamali who happily declared upon receiving her nomination that she too had joined the “cinnamon pole army”, was handed defeat by the UNP supporters at the ballot box.

Meanwhile, the number of votes the UNP has received have also declined in the Matara district, since the appointment of Leadership Council member Mangala Samaraweera to the position of Organiser of Matara.

At the 2009 Provincial Council poll, the UNP polled 17,996 votes in the Matara electorate, or 34.64 percent of the vote.

This time around, the UNP polled 16,305 votes, or 30.27 percent of the vote.

While the UNP won five seats in the Matara district in 2009, following the appointment of MP Mangala Samaraweera as the leader of the Matara District, the UNP only secured four seats in the Matara District at this year’s election.

 

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