Sri Lankans hold first post war general election

16:37, April 08, 2010      

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Sri Lankans go to polls on Thursday in the first general election held after the conclusion of the island's 30-year-old civil war. While the ruling coalition' s victory has been a foreseen conclusion, the opposition had been focused on preventing the government returning to power with a two-thirds majority.

According to the Elections Commissioner's Department, of the 225 members of parliament 196 will be elected directly from the island's 22 districts while 29 will come from the National List under the Proportional Representation system.

This will be the first general election held without the presence of the rebel Libeartion Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was defeated by the government troops in May 2009.

A total of 7,620 candidates from 36 political parties and 301 independent groups are in the fray representing 22 electoral districts.

A total of 14,088,500 persons are eligible to cast their votes from 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) to 4 p.m. (1030 GMT) at 11,102 polling stations in the country.

Election officials said there would be 88 polling centers in the north for civilians displaced by the final battles between the government troops and the LTTE in 2009.

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