Political Pickle

No significant change in the percentage votes polled by the parties from the 2001 general elections is expected in the districts of Kandy and Matale because the JVP support is not seen to have grown in these two districts.rn

rnNuwara Eliya too is not expected to bring any surprise changes because of the Hindu majority vote that will accrue to the UNF through the Ceylon Workers Congress.rn

rnPuttalam is another district where no significant changes are expected because of its significant Christen and Muslim makeup.rn

rnIn the Districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota the UNF vote is estimated to reduce by 10 percent with 70 percent of this breakaway going to the UPFA. rn

rnThe large shift in loyalty is attributed to the majority Sinhala-Buddhist populations that will swing towards the JVP policies.rn

rnAnother large 10 percent shift of UNF vote towards the UPFA is expected in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Monaragala because of UNF policy that is seen as unfriendly to farming and