The rural folk has decided to entrust the administration of the village too to the United People’s Freedom Alliance. The Freedom Alliance secured a resounding victory at the mini polls held for 234 Local Councils yesterday.
The Freedom Alliance has secured the power of 205 Local bodies, including Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas, polling three million 36 thousand 159 votes. The Alliance polled 55.49 percent of the votes. The Freedom Alliance won 1706 seats. The Ilangai Thamil Arasu Kachchi was secured power of 12 Local Authorities winning 60 seats. The UNP managed to secure power of only nine Local Councils winning 828 seats. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna did not win a single Local body. However, they had managed to secure 51 seats The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress secured power of four Local Councils. They were able to win 46 seats. The National Congress secured power of two Local bodies while the Upcountry People’s Front and an Independent Group secured the power of a Local body each.
The Freedom Alliance was successful in securing power of all Local Councils in the Southern Province. The number of local bodies won in the Matara District was 15. The Freedom Alliance secured power of all 16 local bodies in the Galle District. In the Hambantota District, the Freedom Alliance secured power of all nine Local Councils, along with Tissamaharama of which was hitherto the JVP stronghold.
The Freedom Alliance succeeded in winning all local bodies of the Sabaragamuwa Province. It was also the same in the Ratnapura District. It grabbed power in all 12 local bodies. Polling was held only for nine local bodies in the Kegalla District. These were also won by the Freedom Alliance. The ruling party grabbed all 15 local bodies of the Anuradhapua District in the North Central Province, while it successfully secured power of the four local councils in the Polonnaruwa District. Voters of the Monaragala District of the Uva handed in power to the Freedom Alliance of the eight local councils. Also in the Badulla District the Freedom Alliance won 15 local councils. It was the UNP which secured power of two local bodies including the Bandarawela Municipal Council. All the eight local councils of the Puttalam District were won by the Freedom Alliance. It also succeeded in wining 15 local bodies of the Kurnegala District while the power of the Kuliyapitiya Urban Council was secured by the UNP. In the Central Province, elections were conducted for 16 local bodies of the Kandy District. The Freedom Alliance won 13 local councils while the UNP secured power in three local bodies. The Freedom Alliance won 10 local bodies of the Matale District. The power of the Pallepola Pradeshiya Sabha was secured by Independent Group No.1. Five of the six local councils of the Nuwara Eliya district was won by the Freedom Alliance while the power of the Nuwara Eliya Pradeshiya Sabha was secured by the Upcountry Peoples’ Front.
The UNP grabbed the power of the Kalutara Urban Council in the Kalutara District. The Freedom Alliance took over power of the remaining 14 Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas. A special feature was the Freedom Alliance winning all 15 local councils of the Gampaha District. Elections were held only for four local councils in the Colombo District. The UNP secured power only in the Seethawakapura Urban Council. The Freedom Alliance won the other three local councils. The Ilangai Thamil Arasu Kachchi secured power in four of the five local bodies in Mannar in the Northern Province.
The Freedom Alliance was able to win only the Musali Pradeshiya Sabha. Three of the four local bodies of Vavuniya were won by the Thamil Arasu Kachchi. The Freedom Alliance secured power of the Vavuniya South Sinhala Pradeshiya Sabha. Elections were held only for the Manthai East Pradeshiya Sabha in Mullaithivu District. It was won by the Thamil Arasu Kachchi. In the Eastern Province polls were held on behalf of three local bodies of the Batticaloa District. These were won by the ruling party. The power of seven local councils of the Trincomalee District was won by the Freedom Alliance while the Thamil Arasu Kachchi secured power of two local bodies. In the Ampara District, elections were held for 17 local councils. Eight were won by the Freedom Alliance while four were won by the Muslim Congress. The power of two local bodies was secured by the Thamil Arasu Kachchi. The National Congress and the UNP won one local body each of the Ampara District.