Polls Watch 1

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.

President Chandrika Kumaratungas United Peoples Freedom Alliance is still leading Fridays polls, however, her party may still fall short of an absolute majority.
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rnKumaratungas UPFA has so far secured little over 46. percent of the votes as rnagainst Premier Ranil Wickremasinghes United National Front governments 34.5 rnpercent.

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The Lanka rnAcademic websites ongoing projections show the UPFA securing 105 seats in the rn225-seat parliament, against the UNFs 83.

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