Sri Lankan polls end peacefully

13:37, July 24, 2011      

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Sri Lanka's local council elections ended peacefully Saturday despite fears that violence may break out in the north of the country.

Elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya said that apart from a few minor incidents, the elections held in 65 administrative bodies in Sri Lanka are peaceful.

"The elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere. There were no major incidents reported anywhere even in the north," said Gamini Navaratne who heads a police unit which is monitoring the elections.

A key Tamil political party Tamil National Alliance earlier raised fears of possible violence breaking out in Jaffna and Kilinochchi, areas once controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels.

War-displaced people in Kilinochchi cast their votes for the first time since they had been resettled back home.

Sri Lankan Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the ability to conduct the elections in the north of the country without any major incident was a good sign for democracy.

Election officials will now begin counting the votes and the final results can be expected early Sunday, said Deshapriya.

Source: Xinhua
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