Re-polling in two constituencies on April 20
Sri Lanka will hold re-elections in two parliamentary constituencies on April 20 where polling was marred by violence last week, and the new Parliament is set to meet on April 22, official sources said.world Updated: Apr 11, 2010 17:45 IST
Sri Lanka will hold re-elections in two parliamentary constituencies on April 20 where polling was marred by violence last week, and the new Parliament is set to meet on April 22, official sources said.
The re-polling will be held in one seat in Kandy district and one in Trincomalee, and the results for the entire two districts will be announced only after re-polling in the two seats has been held.
"The election for the two constituencies, which were cancelled will be held on April 20, and the results will be declared the same day," sources said.
"It will be gazetted on April 21, and the new parliament will meet on April 22," they said.
Results in the Kandy and Trincomalee districts were withheld after elections were cancelled in two seats as under Sri Lankan law results are announced only after the entire district has polled.
The elections department at in two electoral districts canceled the voting after allegations of intimidation and other violence.
President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling UPFA coalition has already garnered a comfortable majority in the 225-member assembly, securing 117 seats.
The main opposition UNF coalition led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremasinghe won 46, the pro-LTTE TNA got 12 seats while detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka-led DNA won just five in the the April 8 general elections.
Results of 45 of the 225 seats in Parliament, including from Trincomalee and Kandy districts, are yet to be announced.