Sri Lanka voting ends with high turnout

ECONOMYNEXT – Voting in the local council elections ended peacefully with officials saying that the turnout was much higher compared to previous local government polls.

Police estimated the overall turnout to be between 70 to 80 percent in most districts. Colombo too had a high turnout of over 65 percent at 3.00 p.m, with an hour of voting left.

Political sources said a high turnout in urban areas was good for the United National Party while the enthusiastic voting in the south was suggestive of an advantage to the Mahinda Rajapaksa proxy, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

"We are seeing very enthusiastic voting which we did not notice at previous local polls," the head of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections Keerthi Tennakoon said.

Some 15.76 million people were eligible to vote and elect some 8,350 members to 340 councils across the country. (COLOMBO, February 10, 2018 – Update)

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