|Saturday, 3 April 2004|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
UPFA wins first four postal vote results announced:
Peaceful poll; high voter turnout
Brisk polling was reported across the country, including the
North-East, as more than 75 per cent of the registered 12.89 million
voters turned up at polling stations from early morning yesterday. Turnout
exceeded 80 per cent in a number of districts. Most areas remained
peaceful during the nine-hour voting period of the General Election, held
according to the Proportional Representation system.
Polls peaceful thanks to President's action - PAFFREL Chief
Black sheep Nuwara Eliya, Puttalam and Kurunegala
PAFFREL Chief Kingsley Rodrigo told the Daily News last night that the
April 2 General Election was the most peaceful in many years due to the
action taken by the President to prevent violence.
The North votes
by Rohan Canagasabey
The Jaffna District Secretariat was off-limits to the public on
Election Day. Around the Secretariat, outside and inside, armed policemen,
Election officials and the voting boxes were to be seen in a constant
procession to the counting rooms in the Jaffna District Secretariat.
Elections in Jaffna not free and fair - PAFFREL
Polling in Jaffna in the general election was not free and fair,
PAFFREL Chairman Kingsley Rodrigo said last night. He told the Daily News
that it was a low polled in Jaffna with 20 to 25 per cent, except in
Muhamalai and Omanthai (where there were clustered polling booths for the
voters from uncleared areas) where there was massive impersonation and
"God only knows what else".