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Voters throughout the country show clear preference for UNP
[December 7, 2001 - 08.30 GMT]

The United National Party continued to record significant gains as more results of the December 5 General Election were announced.

Security authorities have clamped a countrywide curfew from 3 pm Friday to 6 am Saturday, to quell the spread of post-election violence. A curfew was imposed earlier in the Kandy and Matale districts as well as Hanguranketha and Walapane Pradeshiya Sabha Divisions until 6 am on Saturday.

President Kumaratunga ordered an immediate inquiry, as 12 Muslim supporters of the United National Party were killed Wednesday, in Kandy.

A Petrol Filling Station was torched Friday morning, a Police spokesman said. Violence was also reported from Puttalam, Chilaw and Anamaduwa in the Puttalam district.

The total number killed during the poll campaign has increased to over 60, with nearly 700 injured. Police and Security forces have tightened security and have been instructed to deal firmly with anyone resorting to violence.

The Elections Commissioner announced Saturday afternoon that Party leaders had agreed to annul the poll in certain polling stations in the kandy and Gampaha districts but that there would be no re-poll.



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Last Updated Date: December 7, 2001  -  8.30 GMT.