Sri Lankans hold first post war general election (3)

16:53, April 08, 2010      

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The fight for preferential votes among candidates of the same party was so tense that President Rajapaksa had to declare that the number of preferential votes will not be a factor to automatically qualify for ministerial posts in the next UPFA government.

Rajapaksa also said that those who violate party discipline in their fight for preferential votes will be dealt with severely and will not be considered for any responsibility in the party.

The opposition had been focused on preventing the government returning to power with a two-thirds majority while the UPFA campaigned for a mandate with the majority to introduce long awaited constitutional and electoral reforms and to make Sri Lanka the economic miracle in South Asia in the next six years.

On the other hand, the UNP wants a change of government to restore law and order, democracy and good governance allegedly missing under the present administration.

The JVP wants to form a government with detained former Army Commander General Fonseka as the prime minister that will see the end of corruption and restore media freedom and human rights.

Police spokesman Preshantha Jayakody said there were 234 election-related incidents by Wednesday but none of them was of a serious nature.

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