Sri Lanka postal ballots favour Rajapaksa

(From left) Dharmasri Kumaratunga, Director - Payments and Settlements, Central Bank; Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank; and Tharaka Ranwala, Head of Operations and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Sampath Bank

Jan 27, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa led in postal ballots of mostly state workers with opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka getting a lead in only districts in which results were declared. Common opposition candidate Fonseka led in postal ballots in Jaffna in the north and Batticaloa in the East with postal ballots in ten districts declared.

Postal ballots in Moneragala, Puttalam, Hambantota, Galle, Jaffna, Trinco, Matara, Matale,Badulla, Batticaloa, Digamadulla and Kaluthara have been declared. Polls closed with monitors saying more than 70 percent of registered electors voted in the South and around 20 percent in the North and around 50 percent in the East.