Political parties, intellectuals hail victory
The UPFA registered a landslide victory at the just concluded Local
Government Elections. It was a clear endorsement of the policies of the
ruling party. A number of prominent political figures, civil society
members and intellectuals hailed the governmentís victory while
expressing their opinion on the election results.
UPFA General Secretary and Minister Susil Premajayantha said that
immediate measures would be taken to appoint the heads of local bodies
to carry out a development activities under the Mahinda Chintana policy
The result of the polls have shown once again the majority has placed
their trust in the Mahinda Chintana policy.
Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip Dinesh
Gunawardena commenting on the Local Government polls results said that
people have extended a very strong support to President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and his policies which have been providing an enormous service
to the rural community in the country.
He said that this showed that the people have kept faith in the UPFA
to carry forward the program begun by the President and the Government.
He also said that this victory came amidst a lot of false propaganda by
the Opposition their masters and reactionary international forces.
Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshaman Yapa Abeywardena noted
that the final result of the election is the best evidence that people
have a strong bond with the President and the Government. He pointed out
that people have made the maximum use of the opportunity given to them
to select a team that can serve their villages while strengthening the
Agrarian Services and Wildlife Minister SM Chandrasena thanked the
people who contributed to the massive victory of the UPFA in the
The UPFA recorded a landslide victory at the Local Government
Election and the Opposition has collapsed, Co-operatives and Internal
Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said .
He also said that the people approved the Governmentís vision. It
assured the people are with the Government .
The result of the election gave a message to the world that democracy
flourished in the country .
Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Allahapperuma said that mini election
clearly shows Sri Lankan voters have accepted President Mahinda
Rajapaksa as a far sighted leader.
AHM Azwer MP said that the Muslims have realized the importance of
throwing in their lot with a leader who is strongly committed to protect
the unity and sovereignty of the Sri Lankan nation and build an
economically developed country.
Maubima Lanka Foundation Chairman Ariyaseela Wickramanayake observed
that since both national level and village level elections have
concluded the right environment and time has now been created in the
country to shift our economy in the right direction collectively.
He said that if proper economic decisions were made bravely the
leadership can make this country the wonder of the world exceeding the
target to become the wonder of Asia.
Political analyst and Presidentís Counsel Dr Jayatissa de Costa
pointed out that the Elections were conducted in a peaceful manner
except for a few isolated incidents between same party members due to
the unsuitable preferential voting system coupled with the PR system.
He also observed that the voter turnout was over 50 percent and this
is quite an acceptable turnout.