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"WE ARE NOT A COMMUNAL PARTY" - SIHALA URUMAYA DEPUTY SECRETARY
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. Anuradha Yahampath, a 37 yearold mother of three children, (her youngest child is only two weeks old) is the deputy secretary of Sihala Urumaya. She is also in charge of the party's publicity campaign. Yahmapath was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and graduated from the University of Leeds with a B. A. (Hon) degree in textile design. She is a company director and is involved with her family business. Yahampath is contesting from the Colombo district as a candidate from Sihala Urumaya. `Lacnet' met up with Anuradha Yahampath who seems to be making an attempt to breath fresh air to the election campaign in the island. More...
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Commonwealth lauds Lankan voters
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 a. m October 12. A statement issued late last night by the office of the Commonwealth Secretary –General lauded the Sri Lankan voters for keeping faith in the democratic process, specially the people living in the troubled Northern and Eastern regions. It stated “ Sri Lanka’s elections took place against a back drop of continued hostility between government forces and militant groups in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces which in the parts of the country affected did not provide for an atmosphere conducive to the holding of free and fair elections Nevertheless, the people of Sri Lanka have kept faith with the democratic process. Everywhere the commonwealth team went, large numbers turned out to vote and did so by patiently, by and large in an orderly manner”

The Commonwealth team, which covered nine of twenty-two electoral districts, are in Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Commissioner of Elections.
Published: Wed Oct 11 23:59:01 EDT 2000


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CMEV calls on Election Commissioner to annul votes in 17 electorates
Nilan Fernando in Colombo, 9:35am SLT Thursday October 12. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has asked the Election Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake, to annul the vote in 17 of the country's 160 electoral divisions where violence, intimidation, and other abuses on election day were especially severe. CMEV stated in its October 10 communiqué that "The nature and extent of violations have been so widespread and serious in [these] electorates as to render the final outcome in these areas meaningless." Six of these 17 electoral divisions are in Kandy District; two are in Gampaha District; and one each in Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kegalle, Hambantota, Jaffna, and Batticaloa Districts. CMEV identified many more electorates as "problematic" in its pre-election reports, but eyewitness accounts and evidence of rigging in these areas appear overwhelming. CMEV hopes that by annulling the vote in these electorates, the Election Commissioner will restore a measure of credibility to a badly tarnished process. Sri Lankans were awaiting the Commissioner's verdict as this article went to press.
Published: Wed Oct 11 23:41:58 EDT 2000

Former insurgent group emerges as democratic force
India Abroad, Oct 12, 2000 04:30 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: A Sinhala extremist group that had spearheaded two bloody insurgencies in Sri Lanka that claimed over 80,000 lives has successfully demonstrated its new democratic credentials by winning at least seven seats in the parliamentary elections. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP, or People's Liberation Front), whose leaders, activists and supporters were physically eliminated in a brutal government crackdown in the late eighties, when "tyre pyres," or burning rebels on stacks of tyres along the highways by government-backed vigilante groups was the order of the day, has come a long way from those gory days when an estimated 60,000 people were killed. The group's earlier attempt in 1971 to violently overthrow the government had also ended in disaster with more than 20,000 youths killed in the government clampdown. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 20:17:23 EDT 2000
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SLMC crucial for PA forming government
Tamilnet, October 11. The People's Alliance and its minority allies, the Eelam People's Democratic Front and the National Unity Alliance, together have obtained enough seats to form the government in Sri Lanka. However, the decision of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress will be crucial for the PA in forming the government this week. Six SLMC candidates, four who contested on the PA list and two on the NUA list, have been elected.Elections officials in Colombo said that the PA has got 95 seats and the UNP 78. The JVP obtained 8 seats. Once the number of seats that each party is to be allocated according to total votes it has obtained country wide is computed, the PA should get 14 additional seats the officials said. A party needs at least 114 seats in the Sri Lankan Parliament to form a stable government. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 20:33:37 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka poll result delayed
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 14:25 GMT 15:25 . Sri Lanka's election commissioner has said the final outcome of the general elections will not be known until Thursday. The delay is to enable him to consult political parties over allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Results so far suggest the ruling People's Alliance is in the lead, but will not get an outright majority. State radio announced that the PA had won the election with 109 out of 225 seats, quoting an unspecified "study" for its information. It said the main opposition United National Party had 90 seats. However, the figures appeared to differ from those announced so far by the election commission. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 11:44:22 EDT 2000
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UPDATE 7-Violence hits Sri Lanka polls, vote count delayed  - ABC News
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Violence Hits Sri Lanka Elections; Count Delayed  - Yahoo
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Sri Lanka delays final vote results amid vote-rigging charges  - Yahoo
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Lanka poll results put off till Thursday  - India Abroad
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PAFFREL/ MFFE Media Release on the Conduct of the Poll  - People's Action For Free and Fair elections( PAFFREL)
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Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Poll Result Delayed  - ABC News
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Sri Lanka's Elections chief says result delayed  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka's Elections chief delays poll result  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka delays final vote results amid vote-rigging charges  - 123India.com

Kumaratunga's party maintains lead in elections
Times of India (Breaking News), 12 October 2000. PRESIDENT Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling party appeared on the verge of winning a majority of Parliament seats on a promise to end the country's 17-year civil war.With more than 90% of the vote in the Parliament election tallied Wednesday, Kumaratunga's People's Alliance had 48% of the vote, or 88 seats in the 225-member Parliament. The opposition UNP was next with 39% and 72 seats. Other parties were winning the balance of the seats.With the votes in one district still to be counted, the elections commissioner announced that the final results would not be made public until Thursday.Although the People's Alliance gained the most seats in the 225-member Parliament, it still needs at least 113 seats to form its own government without resorting to a coalition. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 22:30:44 EDT 2000
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Ruling PA emerges single largest party in Lankan polls  - The Hindustan Times
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Ruling party takes lead in Sri Lanka elections  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka Governing Party Has Lead  - Yahoo
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Government takes lead in Sri Lanka elections  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka's ruling party leads election  - Virtual New York
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Chandrika's party takes the lead  - The Hindu NUS
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PA secures majority in 17 of 20 districts  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
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Incumbents Lead Sri Lankan Polls  - Yahoo
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Chandrika Kumaratunga may come back to power  - NDTV/MSNBC

Sri Lanka's ruling party wracked by post-poll mud-slinging
123India.com, Oct 11 2000 19:26 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's ruling party was Wednesday wracked by infighting when a minister accused a colleague of falsely implicating him over vote-rigging and working against the party's interests. Anuruddha Ratwatte, energy minister and junior defence minister, in a statement accused Agriculture Minister D.M. Jayaratne, who doubles up as general secretary of the ruling People's Alliance (PA), of being a liar."He is trying to tarnish our victory," Ratwatte said in a statement signed by him and seven prominent PA members. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 10:16:23 EDT 2000
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Commonwealth team finds flaws in Sri Lanka vote  - 123India.com
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CMEV claims rigged votes at 17 electorates  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
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Commonwealth reports Sri Lankan election abuses  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka's ruling party heads for victory: radio  - 123India.com

TULF proves it has base in peninsula
The Hindu (International), Thursday, October 12, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT 11. All but driven away from Jaffna by the Tamil Tigers, the Tamil United Liberation Front today made an impressive comeback with its performance in the peninsula in the Parliamentary elections, proving that there is still place for moderate politics in the Tamil community.``Last time, we extended outside support to the Chandrika government because she promised to solve the problem. This time, if the UNP gives us an undertaking that they will talk to the LTTE, we will be prepared to support them,'' said Mr. Anandasangaree. But he ruled out joining the government. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 16:18:59 EDT 2000
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Lankan people's verdict a signal to the government to end ethnic conflict  - NDTV/MSNBC
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Exclude suspect ballot papers, elections Chief tells Kandy returning officer
Island-Election, 12 October 2000. KANDY: The Commissioner of Elections has issued instructions to the Kandy’s Returning Officer to exclude those ballot papers from the ballot boxes reported to have been introduced forcibly by unscrupulous elements at certain polling stations,in the early hours of the polling day.After having received the instructions from the Commissioner of Elections counting of the ballot papers of the Kandy district Kandy’s Returning Officer and Government Agent said yesterday (11).The counting of ballot papers of the Kandy District was delayed until the instructions from the Commissioner of Elections were received, Mr. Beddewela said. Meanwhile a senior Polls Officer (SPO) of a polling station in Panwila area in Pathadumbara has closed down the polling station hours before the scheduled time of 4 p.m. for the closure of ballot boxes yesterday and returned to Kandy Secretariat,with the ballot box.The SPO is understood to have reported that he could not maintain the polling station due allegedly to some unscrupulous persons attempting to impersonale.Meanwhile Kandy’s Returning Officer S. B. Beddewela said that incidents of violence on the election day were reported mainly from certain areas of Pathadumbara,Hewaheta, Udunuwara, Nawalapitiya and Akurana. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 20:57:44 EDT 2000
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Curfew in Sri Lanka after blood-marred poll  - 123India.com
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Groups condemn violence at Sri Lankan polls  - Yahoo
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Sri Lanka poll marred by killings, rigging: monitors  - 123India.com
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Lankan polls end amid charges of rigging  - India Abroad
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Violence mars Sri Lanka poll  - BBC South Asia
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Election Results should be declared null & void, says PA general secretary.  - Saroj Pathirana in London

Smaller parties hold balance of power in SriLanka
ABC Australia, 12 October 2000. In Sri Lanka, it now appears that a number of smaller parties may hold the balance of power in a new parliament. With final votes being counted, it appears neither of the major parties have won a clear majority.The ruling People's Alliance is marginally ahead of the main opposition-united Nationalist Party,but smaller opposition parties have won unexpected gains.PA coalition may suffer a setback as one of its key allies, the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress is reportedly threatening to withdraw support. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 19:28:50 EDT 2000
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S.Lanka state radio gives poll win to ruling party  - MSNBC
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Chandrika's alliance establishes early lead  - The Hindustan Times
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People’s Alliance on top in Lanka polls  - India Abroad
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Sri Lankan state radio says ruling party wins poll  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka reds emerge as potent force in hung parliament  - 123India.com

Sri Lanka re-imposes overnight curfew amid fears of post-poll violence
123India.com, Oct 11 2000 19:58 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (AFP) - Sri Lanka slapped an overnight seven-hour curfew for a second day Wednesday, amid fears of post-election violence. The government announced the curfew late Wednesday, to last from 10:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) to 5:00 a.m. (2300 GMT). More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 11:55:39 EDT 2000
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Islandwide Curfew Imposed  - Saroj Pathirana in London
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Tight race in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 09:14 GMT 10:14 . With just over one million votes counted, the ruling People's Alliance coalition is only 2% ahead of its main rival, the United National Party. An estimated 75% of the country's 12 million electorate turned out to vote in an election marred by allegations of widespread vote-rigging, violence and intimidation. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 06:42:26 EDT 2000
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Markets urge unity as Sri Lanka heads for hung parliament  - 123India.com
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High degree of uncertainty of outcome; Pre-polls survey reveals erosion of public confidence in main parties  - Island
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PA, UNP heading for close finish  - The Hindu NUS
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Lanka's ruling alliance leads poll count  - India Abroad
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Nepal king, PM send condolences over death of Bandarnaike
123India.com, Oct 11 2000 22:06 IST. KATHMANDU, Oct 11 (AFP) - Nepalese King Birendra Wednesday sent a message of condolence to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the demise of her mother Sirima Bandaranaike, state-run radio said. The king expressed his condolences to Kumaratunga at the sudden and sad demise of Bandaranaike, former prime minister of Sri Lanka, and through her to other members of the bereaved family, it reported. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 13:11:49 EDT 2000

Rosmead Place - where it all happened
Daily News, 12 October 2000. Sri Lanka's former Premier and elder Stateswoman Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike bids goodbye to her Rosmead Place residence today - the home where she lived and started her unparalleled political career. The mortal remains of Mrs. Bandaranaike will lie-in-state at the Rosmead Place residence till 11 a.m. Her remains will then be taken from her Rosmead Place residence to Parliament and the body will lie-in-state from 11.20 am to 2 pm before being taken to Horagolla later today. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 18:59:40 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka mourns Bandaranaike  - India Abroad
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State funeral for Bandaranaike on Oct. 14  - The Hindu NUS
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Two days national mourning for Sirimavo  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Hijacker, Gandhi attacker routed in Sri Lanka vote
123India.com, Oct 11 2000 11:31 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's ultra-nationalist parties, which fielded the hijacker of an Alitalia jumbo jet and a man who tried to assassinate former Indian premier Rajiv Gandhi, were routed in parliamentary polls, results showed Wednesday. The Sihala Urumaya (SU), or Sinhalese heritage party, which had as a candidate disgraced naval rating Vijithamuni Rohana de Silva who hit Gandhi with a rifle butt here in July 1987, was demolished.The SU took less than one percent of the votes in most areas and in the northern peninsula of Jaffna it received just one postal vote.However, with a few thousand urban votes, the SU could have the satisfaction of beating another hardline nationalist group, the Sons of the Soil Party (SMBP), which fielded hijacker Sepala Ekanayake. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 03:04:45 EDT 2000
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Kumaratunga's party takes small lead in early counting in crucial elections  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka parties in neck and neck battle  - 123India.com
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Kumaratunga's party leads in Lankan polls  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sri Lanka's Rulers Win in First Poll Results  - Yahoo
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Votes counted in Sri Lanka election  - BBC South Asia
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UPDDATE-Sri Lanka ruling coalition takes early poll lead  - MSNBC
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Results amidst arrangements for state funeral  - The Hindu (International)
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Sri Lanka ruling party takes early lead in postal vote count  - 123India.com

'Mother of the nation' put Sri Lanka on the world map: media
123India.com, Oct 11 2000 08:35 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (AFP) - Sri Lankan newspapers Wednesday mourned the death of the "mother of the nation" Sirima Bandaranaike, saying the world's first woman prime minister had helped put the tiny island nation on the map. "Mother of the nation departs," lamented the Daily Mirror newspaper in an extra bold headline, carrying a photograph of the 84-year-old leader voting in Tuesday's parliamentary elections shortly before her death.Bandaranaike collapsed in her limousine on her way back to Colombo from her family constituency after voting and was found dead on admission to a nursing home. The Mirror devoted a page to Bandaranaike with a vignette of photographs showing the veteran politician at different stages in her 40-year career including snaps of her with world leaders such as former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, China's Mao Zedong, Pope Paul VI and ex-Indian premier Indira Gandhi. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 03:18:36 EDT 2000
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S.Lankans pay tribute to world's first woman PM
ABC News, 10/11/2000 02:58:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sri Lankans paid their last respects on Wednesday to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world"s first woman prime minister, who died shortly after casting her vote in the country"s general election. Long queues formed outside Bandaranaike"s residence in the plush Rosmead Place area of the capital Colombo where her remains are lying in state before being taken to parliament and then to her ancestral home outside the city for a state funeral on Saturday. More...
Published: Wed Oct 11 03:31:40 EDT 2000
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Sirima Bandaranaike: from kitchen to prime minister  - India Abroad
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Former Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike expires  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
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World's first PM dies at 84  - 123India.com
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Former Lanka PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike dead  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sirimavo Bandaranaike: First woman premier  - BBC South Asia
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Sirimavo Bandaranaike passes away, aged 84  - The Hindustan Times
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Sri Lanka's former prime minister Bandaranaike dies  - 123India.com
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URGENT Sri Lanka's former prime minister dies  - 123India.com
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Sirimavo Bandaranaike dead  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
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Mrs.. B dies of a heart attack  - Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo
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Sri Lanka's Former PM Death Unlikely To Impact Polls  - Yahoo

Peaceful campaigner retains his seat
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 a.m 11 October. Dallas Alahapperuma of the People's Alliance, the only candidate who campaigned without any posters ,banners and decorations retained his seat Kamburupitiya by a majority of 9199 votes.

Alahapperuma an environmentalist led the most peaceful election campaign in the country. He even persuaded his opponents who contested from Kamburupitiya to get on one stage. Alahapperuma spoke only on issues concerning his people and did not sling mud at his opponents.

Allahapperuma's victory has been hailed by many as a victory for peaceful politics in the country.
Published: Tue Oct 10 22:06:00 EDT 2000


Sri Lanka president says she intervened to contain poll violence
123India.com, Oct 10 2000 20:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 10 (AFP) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she had personally intervened to contain violence and fraud during Tuesday's parliamentary polls. Kumaratunga pledged in a communique to back the election commissioner on any post-poll action he decided to take, including the annulment of elections in areas where there were irregularities.The president said she had received complaints from two senior members of her ruling coalition -- Agriculture Minister and People's Alliance (PA) general secretary D.M. Jayaratne and a Muslim key ally -- about widespread violence in the central district of Kandy.She said the elections chief had ordered a probe into electoral malpractices in the district and vowed to back him, saying: "We shall support the Commissioner of Elections in whatever action he takes with relation to the reports."Rauf Hakeem, joint leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said: "We will not have anything to do with the PA after the election. This is the worst violence and rigging we have ever seen in Kandy." More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 11:38:36 EDT 2000
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Violence hits Sri Lanka polls, vote count delayed
MSNBC, Wednesday,October11,2000. First results emerged on Wednesday from Sri Lanka's acrimonious parliamentary poll, seen as a key test of support for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plan to end the 17-year Tamil separatist war. Officials said the ruling coalition won the first two areas for which results were declared in an election marred by murder, bombing and rigging, and tinged with sadness after the death of the world's first woman prime minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) narrowly won the southern Balapitiya electorate and the northern Wanni district's Mullaitivu electorate. Mullaitivu is controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels and voting was held in the northern government-held town of Vavuniya. Only 652 of the 53,000 voters ast their votes, and PA received 439 of them, officials said. The PA also led strongly in the postal vote count, winning six of the eight districts for which results were declared early on Wednesday. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 18:26:48 EDT 2000
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Your tributes to Sirimavo Bandaranaike
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 10 October, 2000, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK. Please go to the BBC site to pay tribute to the late Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike 3 time P.M. of Sri Lanka.

Ed. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 12:50:51 EDT 2000


Heavy clashes erupt between PA - UNP - Violence on the increase
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday October 10. Election violence is on the increase since yesterday. Five persons have died as a result over the last twenty four hours. At least two murders were reported yesterday at Talawa and Dambulla.

Heavy clashes erupted early this morning between supporters of the ruling Peoples Alliance and the United National Party in the Hiththetiya area at Matara. Eight persons were injured in the incident as a result of hand grenades being lobbed. The persons wounded are supporters of the PA. The incident took place when supporters of both parties were putting up posters at around 1.30 a.m. this morning. Matara police are conducting investigations.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident at Anamaduwa in the Wayamba Province, intra-party fighting broke out when grenades were lobbed into the home of a PA candidate allegedly by another PA strongman of the area.
Published: Tue Oct 10 04:22:34 EDT 2000

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Sri Lankan polls close
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 10 October, 2000, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK. An opposition supporter has been killed and the rebel Tamil Tigers are reported to have shelled a government building in the Jaffna peninsula. The poll - widely seen as a referendum on ending the war with Tamil separatists - was overshadowed by the death of the country's former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike who has died of a heart attack at the age of 84.She died shortly after casting her vote. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 09:00:30 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka vote ends amid rigging charges, death of political matriarch  - 123India.com
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Bandaranaike, world's first woman premier, dies  - MSNBC
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Sri Lankan polls begin with shock death of political matriarch  - 123India.com

Narayanan, PM condole Bandaranaike's death
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 10, 2000. New Delhi, Oct. 10. (PTI): President K R Narayanan and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today condoled the death of world's first elected woman Prime Minister and Sri Lanka's octogenarian leader Sirimavo Bandaranaike, saying she would be remembered as a ``towering political personality of our times.'' Conveying the heartfelt sympathies of his family and the people of India to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Narayanan said the demise represents the passing of a pioneering figure. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 15:38:31 EDT 2000
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Sonia condoles Bandaranaike's death  - The Hindu NUS
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Pakistani leaders condole death of Bandaranaike  - 123India.com
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India mourns passing of Bandaranaike: "a pioneering figure"  - 123India.com
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Former Lankan PM passes away  - India Abroad
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World's first woman PM dies as millions vote in Sri Lanka polls  - 123India.com
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Britain expresses sorrow over Bandaranaike's death  - 123India.com

War-torn Jaffna sees dramatically higher voter turnout compared to last election
NDTV/MSNBC, October 10. The war-torn region of Jaffna saw a dramatically higher voter-turn out in these elections. Twenty-eight per cent of the people in Jaffna voted today compared to just 3 per cent last time. But the political space in Jaffna seems to be clearly divided between moderate parties and the parties opposed to any dialogue with the government.There has been no meaningful campaign for the general election because the Tamil parties have confined themselves indoors in view of the LTTE's threats. Jaffna's bigest cinema hall houses the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), which won the elections last time with 98 seats and campaigned for a quick end to the war. Mr. Douglas Devananda, Secretary General, EPDP, said, "There are two ways to the Tamil-speaking community. LTTE says only through war can they get food or rights. We say there is an alternative path." More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 12:54:29 EDT 2000
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Tamil Tiger Rebels Fire Shells As Sri Lanka Votes  - ABC News
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Heavy shelling mars polling in Jaffna  - India Abroad

Elections Commissioner determined to ensure fair poll
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.50 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 10 . The Elections Commissioner has issued confidential instructions to counter poll malpractices and a document containing these instructions has been forwarded to the Court of Appeal  and returned to the Commissioner in order to safeguard it’s secrecy. He has also stated that the Department is equipped to detect fraudulently introduced ballots. The Commissioner has agreed to several of the requests made by the political parties such as the sealing of the ballot box on all sides as well as allowing one counting agent from each party, to cross the security barrier and go along with the ballot box, to the counting center. The Agent is allowed to remain with the ballot box from the close of the poll till the counting begins.
Published: Tue Oct 10 04:22:43 EDT 2000
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Lankan voters to decide on change or continuity  - India Abroad
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Despair, apathy and anger cast shadow over Sri Lankan polls  - 123India.com

HRC and IHR come forward to safeguard rights of voters and public officers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.40 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 10. The Human Rights Commission has directed its regional coordinators to act in instances where violations of fundamental rights in connection with the election are brought to their notice and has also heard several petitions from NGO’s including the Centre for Policy Alternatives on the need to strengthen administrative and executive action to protect the fundamental rights of voters.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Human Rights (IHR) , an NGO has come forward to safeguard the rights of 210,000 Public Officers who are working Island-wide for the Election. They are giving a clear message to all public servants, to engage in their duties without fear of being intimidated, as IHR is prepared to come forward in the case of such victims  and even litigate on their behalf, without any fees and this service is extended to Officers from the grassroots to the highest level.
Published: Tue Oct 10 04:22:41 EDT 2000


Eighty per cent Lankans cast votes even as LTTE continues offensive
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, Oct 10. An estimated 75 to 80 per cent of the 12.07 million voters cast their votes in Sri Lanka's eleventh parliamentary elections for which polling ended at 4.00 pm today even as a large number of serious poll violations were reported from eleven electoral divisions. In northern Jaffna, polling began amid heavy shelling by the LTTE but defence authorities and political parties said people in large numbers turned out to cast their votes. Voting in eastern districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee went off peacefully with no major incidents reported. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 14:11:19 EDT 2000
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Heavy turnout in Sri Lankan polls  - India Abroad
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Brisk polling in Sri Lanka  - India Abroad
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Sri Lankans begin voting in crucial election  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Brisk voting in Sri Lanka parliamentary polls  - MSNBC

Tamil shelling rocks crucial Sri Lanka election
MSNBC, Tuesday, 10 October 2000 4:41 (ET). Rebels shelled a government building in the battle-ravaged Jaffna city and officials found a time-activated bomb near a bus station as Sri Lankans voted Tuesday in parliamentary elections which many hope will lead to the end of the 17-year civil war. Casting a pall of sorrow over voting was the death of Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first female prime minister. She died of a heart attack Tuesday after casting her ballot in her hometown east of Colombo. More...
Published: Tue Oct 10 08:03:23 EDT 2000

Foreign Election monitors of PAFFREL report pre election incidents
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 10 . The foreign Election Monitors of Peoples Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) have sent in the following Pre-Election Situation  Reports which notes that the situation in the  Southern Province - Galle, Matara and Hambantota  is reported as normal.

In the  Ampara District  the rivalry  between the two parties in the PA coalition - the SLMC and the NUA  was  responsible for most of the violence and conflict in the District. The same observations are made for Trincomalee . the conflicts are more pronounced here.

The intra-party rivalry in this campaign and the competition for the preference votes has resulted in a large number of violent incidents. All these complaints have been made within the PA which had 73 complaints directed against their own party supporters. This amounted to one fifth of all the complaints made by the PA.

The international monitors who visited the Eastern Province as well as District co-ordinators for PAFFREL have continued to receive  complaints of difficulty in campaigning, security issues and lack of   transport for the voters who have to travel to long distances to cluster-polling stations .

PAFFREL asserts that it is clear from these reports that the LTTE killings as well as the continued threat of LTTE  violence has severely inhibited a free and fair election campaign and that prevailing conditions in many areas will tend to discourage voters from polling .

PAFFREL has yet to receive the latest situation reports from the Northern Province the conditions  vary widely from the war zone in Jaffna peninsula to the uncleared areas in the Vanni region .  From the reports that are available it would appear that the LTTE efforts at disrupting the election are directed at areas where they feel they may not be able to influence the voting . Both the security arrangements for polling and the monitoring of elections would have to give special attention to the Northern and Eastern Provinces . While  PAFFREL has been able to make arrangements  for the Eastern Province it has not yet been bale to make adequate arrangements to  transport its international monitors to the Northern province .

PAFFREL monitors have recorded that in the Wattegam Kelebokke area in Kandy, the polling cards of estate workers have been forcibly taken away by supporters of  two political parties. In Thanamalwila, in the Moneragala District, one of the Candidates was shot at by unidentified gunmen. Later in another place his vehicle was attacked and his party office damaged.

PAFFREL welcomes the various initiatives that are being taken to ensure a free and fair election. The Police Department has issued various directives recently on a number of matters which had been causing serious concern to voters, the contesting parties and candidates. Police Officers have been instructed to adhere strictly to instructions which require them to record all election-related complaints. Police officers have been directed to provide protection to voters and polling agents to- and from the polling stations on polling day.- An area which had not received adequate attention in the past.
Published: Tue Oct 10 04:22:40 EDT 2000


Free & fair elections unlikely say polls monitors
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 10. At the close of the campaign, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence has recorded 1726 incidents of violence, of which 940 (54.5%) are Major incidents and 786 (45.5%) are Minor ones. The run-up to the General Election became increasingly violent during the last week, totaling 664 incidents of which October 7th and 8th accounted for 134 and 119 respectively. The 33-day election campaign resulted in an average of 52.3, while the last week averaged 94.9 incidents per day.

CMEV notes that it is clear that the level of violence has increased both qualitatively and quantitatively in the past two weeks, resulting in 62.1% of all incidents recorded so far, for 80.3% of the Murders and 65.4% of Attempted Murders reported in the entire campaign.

Based on monitors’ reports, international observer assessments, police complaints and follow-up, CMEV has determined that the level and intensity of violence in the following electorates has been so high during the campaign as to render a free and fair election in these areas unlikely. These 19 electorates have been so flawed during the campaign, the voters so intimidated that the final outcome of voting may be significantly distorted.

This assessment does not, however, CMEV states, include those areas in which the poll is non-viable due to the current war. The entire election is a sham and a fraud in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu electorates, as well as in the “uncleared” areas and regions of current conflict and civilian displacement in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mannar and Jaffna districts. It is estimated that approximately 200 polling centres which should cater to 250,000 registered voters will be relocated in areas utterly inaccessible to the legitimate voters in these areas.
Published: Tue Oct 10 04:22:38 EDT 2000


Seat Break down so far
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo. PA UNP JVP

Nuwara ELiya 4 3

Colombo 08 10 02

Polonnaurwa 02 03

Badulla 05 02

Monaragala 03 02

Kalutara 05 04 01

Digamadulla 04 02 inpdt01

Gampaha 10 07 01

Galle 05 04 01

Matara 05 02 01

Hambantota 04 02 01

Jaffna 00 01 EPDP(4) TULF(3) ACTC(1)

Trinco 03 01

Kurunagala 05 03

Anuradhpura 05 03

Ratnapura 06 04

Kegalle 05 04

TOTAL SO FAR PA 79

UNP 57

JVP 07

TULF 03

EPDP 04

ACTC 01

Inpdnt 01
Published: Wed Oct 11 10:00:07 EDT 2000


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