The people have explicitly displayed their strength to the President’s programme of advancing on the journey of development. The United People’s Freedom Alliance registered a resounding victory in the Second Phase of the Local Government polls conducted yesterday.
The poll was held yesterday to elect representatives for 65 Local Councils in the South as well as in the North. Many opposition groups suffered a severe setback while the Freedom Alliance achieved a resounding victory.
Results of all the 65 Local Councils were released by this morning. Accordingly the United People’s Freedom Alliance secured power of 45 local bodies/ The Ilangai Thamil Arasu Party won 18 Local Councils, while the Tamil United Liberation Front was able to secure the power of two Local Authorities. The United National Party or the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna did not win a single Local Authority. Political Analysts pointed out that that the clear power handed in to the Freedom Alliance by the people at a juncture when the town and the village were being diverted to the massive development goals after the liberation of the motherland from the terrorists, explicitly exhibits the people’s strength of the Government.
After a lapse of several decades the people of many areas of the North were able to exercise their franchise freely.
Polling was held for 16 constituencies in Jaffna, three Local Bodies in Kilinochchi and one Local Council in the Mullaitivu Dkistrict. According to the results, the Ilangai Thamil Arasu Party, the United People’s Freedom Alliance and the Tamil United Libertion Front secured power of these Local Bodies in the North. Accordingly a new administrative strategy displaying democracy in the North, has been created. The decision by the people to hand in power of several Local Councils in the North to the Freedom Alliance, consolidates the trust placed by the people of the North as well as the South in the President.
The United National Party did not succeed in taking control of a single Local Council in the elections held yesterday. The Freedom Alliance was able to secure the power of many of the Local Authorities which were under the control of the United National Party. Accordingly, the Party lost control of the Kesbewa Urban Council and the Homagama Urban Council within the Colombo District, The Minuwangoda Urban Council of the Gampaha District, the Akurana Pradeshiya Sabha of the Kandy District and the Kantale Pradeshiya Sabha and the Kuchchaveli Pradeshiya Sabha of the Trincomalee District. Although the The number of seats won and the total votes ;polled had considerably declined in the Local councils in which the UNP secured the second place. Analysts attribute the rejection of the opposition groups in this matter due to cler awareness the people have in the path of the Government and the stability of its programmes
Another notable feature at this election is the massive setback suffered by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. The Party was not in a position to gain more than one seat in Local Councils other than in the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha while it did not succeeded in winning a single seat in many constituencies. The Party had lost the seats it had in the Minuwangoda, Nuwaragampalatha, Galnewa, Rajangana, Yatinuwara, Agalawatte, Ukuwela, Siyambalanduwa and Moneragala Local Councils. The people had also decided to deprive the seats the JVP had in the Talawakelle Lindula, Kantale, Seruwila, Mawathagama, Giribawa, Elahera, Welikanda, Kegalla, Ruwanwella, Chilaw, Wenappuwa, Ratnapura, Embilipitiya and Balangoda constituencies. In addition, the people had voted to curtail the number of seats of the Attangalla Pradeshiya Sabha to two, the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha to one, the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha to two, the Polgahawela Pradeshiya Sabha to two, the Kuliyapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha to one, the Kesbewa Pradeshiya Sabha to three and the Warakapola Pradeshiya Sabha to one. The JVP which hitherto enjoyed five seats in the Kaduwala Urban Council, has been curtailed to one in the newly established Kaduwala Municipal Council. This clearly displays the rejection of the JVP by the people.