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The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Kolonna Pradeshiya Sabha with a slim one-vote majority thus making it the narrowest ever victory in Sri Lanka’s electoral history. The UPFA obtained 10,075 votes and secured six seats while the UNP which obtained 10,074 votes secured three seats.

UNP Kolonna Organizer P Abeysinghe said it was after the third count that the UPFA was declared the winner having polled 10,075 votes and secured six seats while the United National Party (UNP) with 10,074 votes secured three seats.
Mr. Abeysinghe said after the UNP emerged victorious by 50 votes on the initial count, the UPFA called for a recount and was declared the winner after the third count.

He alleged that the result was announced even before the counting was over. But Minister John Senavirathna responded by saying that the UNP agent at the counting centre should not have signed the results sheet if the counting was incomplete.

Meanwhile the UNP had informed the presiding officer that it would take up the matter in courts. At the 2006 local council elections too the UPFA emerged victorious only by a 352 vote majority. (Yohan Perera)


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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 18 March 2011 01:23 PM

    One fine day, all those who counted will have to account for all those!

    anton Friday, 18 March 2011 03:57 PM

    Ask it from their great mighty master "JR"

    Shaz Friday, 18 March 2011 10:50 AM

    A narrow win, but the impact will be high...

    Najumudeen Friday, 18 March 2011 11:03 AM

    The culprit of this unfair allocation of seats is the late UNP leader J.R.Jayawardene. Now the UNP is reaping the results of cunning policies of its own (late) leader.

    Kolitha Saturday, 19 March 2011 03:12 AM

    I don't trust the results of any election in Sri Lanka.
    It is same even in UNP era, they have registered their henchman in multiple locations to cast the votes & now this regime is following the same footsteps.
    Everybody who is willing to practice democratic rights has to call for Computerized casting system to avoid multiple cast of votes.

    franny Friday, 18 March 2011 11:35 AM

    Lets send all the presiding officers back to school to lean to count before any more elections

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Friday, 18 March 2011 11:36 AM

    One vote majority, two thirds in the council! What a
    (dis)proportional representation!!

    Kan Friday, 18 March 2011 11:39 AM

    Leaving seats apart, it seems still UNP has good support from voters based on the numbers of vote counted in favour of UNP although less than winning party, if I am right.

    Jalthara Election Friday, 18 March 2011 11:39 AM

    when this jalthara game to be over by UPFA? may be after 50 years or will it be remain like Libiya?

    Hemantha Friday, 18 March 2011 11:43 AM

    How come, for just 1 vote different, 6 seats. very unfair

    Abeeysinghe Friday, 18 March 2011 11:59 AM

    After the counting of Mahara By-Election UNP lost...JR told his agents... ask for a recount...lost...again.. recount...lost...recount...light went-off..when the light came...UNP won ...that has become a regular practice now...ganankarnawa...ganankaranwa...dinanakan ganinawa...ha ha ha...Kala Kala De Palade...people on the logs...(Kota Uda)...

    Neville Friday, 18 March 2011 11:53 AM

    UNP never thought it will become a boomerang to them.
    Dirtiest constitution in the world.

    I Hussein Friday, 18 March 2011 12:17 PM

    This reminds me a practical joke.
    'Re-count votes or Count until we win'


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