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Sri Lanka opposition scores resounding victory in Elpitiya: Mahinda

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Podujana Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party which have joined to contest upcoming presidential elections have scored a resounding victory at local government elections in Elpitiya, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

“The opposition alliance formed by the Sri Lanka PodujanaPeramuna, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the political parties of the Joint Opposition have scored a resounding victory at the Elpitiya Pradesheeya Sabha elections,” Rajapaksa said in a statement.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party got 23,372 votes or 56.3 percent of 41,503 valid votes.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Part led alliance won 5,273 or 12.7 percent, returning 3 members.

“This election was held on the basis of nominations submitted at the beginning of 2018. Hence the Sri Lanka Freedom Party had fielded a separate list,” Rajapaksa said.

“But today, we have formed an alliance to ensure the victory of one candidate at the presidential elections.”

The United National Party polled 10,113 or 24.3 percent returning 7 members.

“The people of Elpitiya have with great foresight and integrity, conclusively defeated the attempt made by the government to retain power by deceiving the people through the distribution of land, jobs and all manner of material inducements,” Rajapaksa said.

He said the country’s economic growth had fallen and businesses were struggling. He blamed the downturn on politics. (Colombo/Oct12/2019)