Lankans decide today
[April 2, 2004 - 5.00 GMT]
Lanka will today, April 2, 2004, decide on its 13th 225-member
legislature. More than 12 million voters will elect 196 parliamentarians,
while a further 29 will be elected from the national list.
The new legislature is due to meet on April 22, 2004.
will take place throughout the country beginning from 7 am till 4 pm under
tight security. A record
number of 5698 candidates are contesting today’s elections, from 24
registered political parties and 192 independent groups. The first election
results are expected to be released by 2 am (local time) tomorrow.
Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has said that if any irregularities occur
in polling centres, he will call for a re-poll, which would delay a final
result. “The poll at that respective area will be declared ‘null’ and
a fresh poll will be ordered,” he said.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in
separate statements yesterday, called upon the masses to ensure a ‘free
and fair’ trouble free election.
in her statement also said that, a free poll is a democratic right of every
Sri Lankan citizen. “I urge you’ll not to fall pray to any provocative
acts”. She also added that necessary measures have been taken to maintain
law and order in the country today, and thereafter.
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Date: April 2, 2004 -