Uva Polls: Preferential vote results to be released in a few hours

Uva Polls: Preferential vote results to be released in a few hours

Uva Polls: Preferential vote results to be released in a few hours

Written by Staff Writer

21 Sep, 2014 | 10:46 am

The counting of preferential votes for the Uva Provincial Council Elections in the Moneragala and Badulla district commenced early this morning.

The District returning officers say the results will be issued within the coming few hours. The official final results of the Uva pc poll have not been released by the Elections Secretariat as yet.

However, the United People’s Freedom Alliance has secured a significant victory in the Moneragala District after polling more than 58 per cent of votes and securing nine out of the fifteen seats in the district. The UNP secured only five seats in the district, while the JVP obtained managed to secure one seat.

Uva is widely seen as a bastion of support for the governing party, which won 72 percent of the vote in the 2009 provincial elections and secured 25 of 34 seats in the Provincial Assembly.

However, the UPFA claimed only a narrow win over the UNP in the Badulla District, according to the final district results which show the ruling party winning 9 out of 18 seats, while the UNP managed to secure eight seats from the district.

The JVP secured one seat, thereby giving the opposition an equal number of total seats as the ruling party.

This gives the UPFA a total of 19 total seats (including 2 bonus seats) in the Uva Provincial Council while the UNP has managed to secure 13 seats. The JVP has secured 2 seats.

Political analysts see the result as a boon for the under-fire United National party, as they have seen significant gains from the last Uva polls back in 2009. At the same time, this year’s polls have also seen loss of support for the ruling UPFA, although that did not ultimately prove decisive this time around.

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