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Saturday, 08 September 2012 - 19:52
Overall casting of ballots low - Total votes polled stands between 45 to 60%
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Voting to elect 108 members for provincial councils located in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa & Eastern regions commenced at 7 a.m. this morning & concluded at 4p.m. this evening.

3073 candidates represented by 25 political parties & 86 independent groups were in contention during todays polls.

The total number of registered voters meanwhile eligible to cast their ballots during today's polls stood at 3,336,415.

31 members are due to be elected to the North Central provincial council followed by today's poll results while 40 & 35 members are due to be elected respectively to the Sabaragamuwa & Eastern provincial councils respectively.

According to the Elections Secretariat today's polls are said to have taken place incident-free.

However 117 miscellaneous incidents had been received at the secretariat with the most number of complaints being located from the Rathnapura district which stood at 26 & Ampara recording 19.

According to the District returning officer of Anuradhapura voter turnout for the district has been reported at 50%, while in Polonnaruwa it had been reported at 52%.

Meanwhile voter turnout for the Rathnapura district was 46%, while Kegalle had registered 58%.

Voter turnout for the Ampara & Trincomalee districts meanwhile stands at 55% each, while in Batticaloa has been registered as 51%.  

The casting of ballots for today's Provincials council polls was observed at 3247 polling centres located through out the North Central, Sabaragamuwa & Eastern provinces.

According to election officials the transportation of ballot boxes to counting centres has concluded.

Moreover Deputy Elections Commissioner R.M.A.L. Rathnayake noted that the counting of postal votes got underway at 6 p.m. this evening.

A total of 9,000,862 voters had qualified to cast their ballots in the North Central province while the voter turnout for the Polonnaruwa District had been recorded

between 30to 35%.

Moreover according to our provincial correspondents today's voting in the Kegalle district had taken place in a peaceful manner while voters had shown little enthusiasm in casting their ballots in the Rathnapura District.

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