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Video : Update :Voter turnout between 55 and 60 percent - Highest percentage from Hambantota - Lowest from Colombo - says PAFFREL - PC Poll 2014
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Voting to choose 155 provincial council members for the Western and Southern Provincial Councils began at 7 this morning and concluded at 4pm.

3794 candidates belonging to 42 independent groups and 24 political parties contested for the election and the total number of individuals eligible for voting was 5.8 million 98 thousand 418.

102 provincial councilors for the Western Provincial Council and 53 provincial councilors for the Southern Provincial Council are scheduled to be chosen during this election.

The PAFFREL organization stated that the overall voter turnout was between 55 to 60 percent.

49 percent voted in the Colombo District which was significantly low compared to the other districts.

The voter turnout in the Kalutara District stood at 60 percent.

Voter turnout in the Gampaha district was 50 percent and the voter turnout in the Galle District was 51 percent.

The District Secretary for the Matara District stated that the voter turnout in the Matara District 55 percent.

The highest voter turnout was in the Hambantota District, and it was between 60 and 64 percent.



Update :  Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 7:25
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Voting percentage between 35 to 40 percent

The Western and Southern Provincial election will be wrapped up shortly. The voting percentage of Kalutara district is between 35 to 40 percent thus far.

Galle District Deputy Election Commissioner’s office stated that about 40% have cast their votes in Galle District.

In Matara District the voting percentage is 40%, while in Hambantota the voting percentage is 48%.



Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 4:13
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Election peaceful; Only 18 to 25% have cast votes in the first half


District Secretaries say that voting for the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections are been conducted peacefully.

155 representatives will be elected for the 2 Provincial Councils.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa cast his vote at the D A Rajapaksa Vidyalaya in Hambantota this morning.

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe cast his vote in view of the Provincial Council elections at the polling centre at Thurstan College.

Meanwhile, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva cast his vote at the Swarnabimbaramaya in Beruwala.

According to District Secretary Kamal Padmasiri, the voting percentage at Colombo District was 18 %

District Secretary Chandana Jayalal, stated that the voting percentage of Kalutara District was 18%.

According District Secretary J.J. Ratnasiri, the voting percentage of Gampaha District was 20%.

Galle District Secretary Ravindra Hewawitharana told our news team that the voting percentage for Galle District was at 20% by 10.30 this morning.

Meanwhile, District Secretary E.A.C. Vidana-gamaachchi stated that the voting percentage for Matara District was 21%

District Secretary R.C. de Soyza stated that Hambantota District voting percentage was 25% by 10.30 this morning.

 
Update :  Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 1:17
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Voting commences for the Western and Southern Polls - Go to the polling centre early; instructions from Elections Commissioner

The Western and Southern Provincial Council elections got underway at 7AM today and will go on till 4PM at 4253 polling centres.

155 representatives will be elected for the 2 provinces.

4 million 24,614 person are eligible to vote from the Western province and 1 million 873,804 are eligible to vote from the Southern Province.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stated that the first results could be released by 8PM.

He also requested the public to cast their vote early.

Meanwhile, the PAFFEREL Organization stated that it is not possible to cast all 3 preferential votes to one candidate.

 
Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 8:19

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All preparations complete for Western and Southern Provincial Council elections


All preparations have been made for the Western and Southern Provincial council elections with ballot boxes and documents required for the election being transported this morning.

In addition, election officials have reported to their respective polling centres.

About 2 million 908 thousand 418 voters are eligible to vote in the two provinces at tomorrow’s Western and Southern provincial council elections.

There are 3,794 candidates contesting for 155 councillor positions representing 24 political parties and 42 independent groups.

Polling will be held at 4,253 centres where 70,000 government officers and 37,000 police officers have been assigned on election duty.

Speaking during a media briefing, the elections commissioner requested voters to cast their votes with no fear




Update : Friday, 28 March 2014 - 7:47
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Transportation of ballot boxes in its final stage


The transportation of ballot boxes and stationary to voting centres for the Western and Southern Provincial Council has entered its final phase.

Issuing of ballot boxes to certain voting centres began at 7am this morning.

There are 2689 voting centres in the Western Province. The transportation of ballot boxes and stationary to 1062 voting centres in the Colombo district began this morning from the Colombo District Secretariat.

A spokesperson for the Colombo District Secretariat stated that the ballot boxes and stationary will be transported to the Shalika grounds prior to being distributed to the relevant voting centres.

The transportation of ballot boxes to 613 voting centres in the Kalutara District began this morning from the Pasdun-rata Educational Faculty and the Thissa Madya Maha Vidyalaya.

Ballot boxes in the Gampaha District will be transported to voting centres from the Thihariya Siyana Educational Faculty and from the Weyangoda Madya Maha Vidyalaya and the Gampaha district has 1014 voting centers.

Our regional correspondent stated that 15,000 officials, including police officers were deployed today for election duty.


 Friday, 28 March 2014 - 14:53
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Ballot boxes and staff to polling centres today.

The Transport of ballot boxes to polling centres for the provincial council elections shall commence today.

Assistant Elections Commissioner R M A L Ratnayake stated that returning officers have already made necessary arrangements.

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