Sri Lanka ruling coalition sweeps regional polls

April 26, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of President Mahinda Rajapaksa swept regional polls with close to 70 percent of votes in two out of three districts in the Western province. In the capital Colombo, the UNP has held on to some of its strongholds but most populous suburbs have been swept by the ruling coalition.

The UPFA polled 57.7 percent of the votes in the Colombo district and won 25 seats, the UNP polled 35.6 percent of the vote and won 15 seats, the JVP polled 2.3 percent of the vote and won 1 seat, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress polled 2.07 perrcent of the vote and won 1 seat.

Updated Campaigning on a platform of military victories against Tamil Tigers, the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance, racked up 69.5 percent of the vote and 14 seats in Kalutara, a district south of the capital Colombo.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP), wracked by a leadership crisis, was left a distant second with 24.6 percent of the vote and 5 seats for the Western Provincial council.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a Marxist-nationalist former ally of the ruling party, was left with 1 seat at 1.6 percent of the vote.

In Gampaha, north of