Decisive Bunch

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

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HNB rnStockbrokers Head of Research Hasitha Premaratna arrives at his conclusion on rnthree scenarios based on the districts bagged by each party.

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rnProjections for the general election 2004 – based on percentage deviation from rnthe results of 2001 polls – shows that the JHU is expected to secure 10 endash 15 rnseats, with the TNA getting 20 out of the 31 seats in the northeast (See Table rn3).

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With these rntwo parties bagging approximately 30-35 seats (12 percent endash 16 percent) the two rnmajor parties will be left with 180 endash 185 seats.

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