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Voting begins in Sri Lanka parliamentary poll

[Hindu, Thursday, 8 April 2010 08:05 No Comment]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa casts his vote for parliamentary elections in his home town village Madamulana, 225 km from Colombo on Thursday ap Polling has begun in Sri Lanka to elect a new parliament for the country in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is expected to get a comfortable majority.

President Rajapaksa voted at a polling station in Hambantota in western Sri Lanka.

Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm. Counting will begin on Thursday evening and first results are expected by Friday morning.

The elections, which come on the heels of Mr. Rajapaksa’s win in the January 26 presidential polls, will see as many as 7,620 candidates from 36 political parties and 306 independent groups.

Mr. Rajapaksa’s party is locked in a three-cornered contest with the main opposition UNP alliance and the JVP.

Thursday’s elections are also seen as a litmus test for the detained former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka. It would be interesting to see that whether Gen. (retired) Fonseka could attract voters as during the polls when he was the common opposition candidate.

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