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Political parties geared up for provincial council polls in Sri Lanka

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 11:26 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
United Progressive Freedom Alliance

The ruling United Progressive Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) are all geared up for Friday's elections for the north-western and central provincial council elections.

More than a dozen political parties and several independent groups are fighting in the election which will elect 56 representatives for the central province and 50 for the north-western council.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, head of UPFA, has said Friday's election would be a referendum on the government's policies, especially the war being fought against the LTTE in the north.