Sri Lankas two main parties may find it hard to secure a comfortable lead, as weeks of campaigning comes to an end on Tue, an independent poll reveals.
In its last survey to the run up of April 2 polls, independent research firm Org-Marg Smart says the opposition United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has a slight edge of 101 seats over the ruling United National Front (99 seats).rn
rnThe Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) comprising 280 Buddhist monks, is tipped to clinch nine seats, in its first outing on Friday, the survey revealed.rn
rnThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA), campaigning in the North and East, are expected to secure 13 seats.rn
rnldblquote However, considering the margin of error of +/-5 percent overall and the higher error margins for the results in the North-East due to the inaccessibility of the LTTE controlled areas, this lead of four percent can go either way indicating that the two parties are neck-to-neck!
dblquote the survey reveals.rn
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