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Sri Lanka's Puttalam region goes to war over vote
MSNBC, 04 December 2001. It's election time in Sri Lanka and the bodies are being counted before the ballots. The traditional spurt of pre-poll bloodletting has left 41 dead, 700 injured and the credibility of Wednesday's parliamentary polls in serious jeopardy. In a war-torn island inured to violence, newspapers track campaign casualties on charts next to the stock market indices and a radio station in the capital Colombo runs a phone-in competition for callers to guess the final toll. But in the Puttalam District, about 120 km (75 miles) north of Colombo, white funeral flags flutter mournfully among the gay party decorations -- reminders of a deadly serious contest. ''This is not an election. This is a war,'' said P. Dharmasena, an official of the main opposition United National Party (UNP). More...
Published: Mon Dec 3 23:34:20 EST 2001

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Election 2001:
Pick Your Favorite Winner!
Which political party will win most seats in the Sri Lankan parliament in the Election 2001?
Peoples Alliance
United National Party/Front
Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
Eelam Peoples Democratic Party
United Socialist Front
National Development Front
Tamil United Liberation Front
New Left Front
Bahujana Nidahas Peremuna
Ruhunu Janatha Party
Sri Lanka Jathika Peremuna
Sri Lanka Progressive Front
Sri Lanka Muslim Katchi
Sihala Urumaya
Sinhale Maha Sammatha Boomi Puthra
Democratic Left Front
Liberal Party
Peoples Development Front
Eksath Sinhala Maha Sabava
Eksath Lanka Podhujana Peremuna
Democratic Peoples Liberation Front
Democratic United National Lalith Front
Muslim United Left Front
United Lalith Front
Democratic Socialist Alliance

Current Results
This is a poll conducted by The Lanka Academic to survey your opinion. As with all internet polls, the results may contain a bias different from an official poll. Nevertheless, it is an opportunity to gauge the "temperature" of the general public.
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Sri Lanka goes to polls tomorrow
Hindu, 04 December 2001. Sri Lanka's top election official today appealed to voters and contestants to ensure that Wednesday's parliamentary poll would be free and fair amid fears of violence and intimidation on voting day... Back to the top

Sri Lanka heads for second parliamentary elections in 14 months, Dec 04 2001 06:46 IST. Sri Lanka is holding its second general election in 14 months after the coalition government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga collapsed despite a life-line thrown by a Marxist party... Back to the top

EU election monitor in Sri Lanka "used to violence", Dec 04 2001 06:46 IST. The man heading a team of European Union election monitors for Sri Lanka's blood-soaked parliamentary polls is no stranger to violence... Back to the top

Failing to Protect the Rule of Law and the Independence of the Judiciary
IBA, 04 December 2001. International Bar Association finds Sri Lanka fails on three counts: · Government attempts to act unconstitutionally · Independence of judiciary undermined by Chief Justice · Harassment and intimidation of Sri Lankan media... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vote turns into referendum on Tamil autonomy, Dec 04 2001 06:47 IST. For Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga the parliamentary elections on Wednesday are a referendum on dividing the island, but for minority Tamils it is a last chance for peace... Back to the top

Jet hijacker grounded as Sri Lanka prepares for vote turbulance, 04 December 2001. A one time Alitalia jumbo jet hijacker who contested under an aeroplane symbol in last year's parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka will be one of several notable absences from Wednesday's vote, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Opposition leading in opinion polls
Gulf-News, 04 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition has shown a lead in opinion polls, but the ruling People's Alliance (PA) is picking up support compared to the beginning of the campaign, local newspapers reported on Sunday... Back to the top

S.Lankan president sees narrow election victory
MSNBC, December 3. Sri Lanka's president expects Wednesday's parliamentary election to be close and said the bitter campaign would make it difficult for her to work with a prime minister from a party other than her own... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's political titans head for showdown
IANS/Yahoo, December 3. Long-standing enmity between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe could become a constitutional tug of war after Wednesday's polls... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marxist leader gets British visa, Dec 03 2001 19:39 IST. Sri Lanka's top Marxist leader, who recently returned home ending a 12-year self-imposed exile, was Monday given a visa to return to Britain, official sources said... Back to the top

Army Assists in Sri Lanka Elections
Nothern Light, Monday, December 03, 2001 2:49 PM EST . The Sri Lankan government called in the army Monday to assist police ahead of this week's parliamentary elections- one of the most violent in recent times, according to election observers... Back to the top

Presidential interference - CMEV recounts incidents at Kurunegala
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.05 p.m. SLT Monday December 3. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge last week caused an uproar when she had personally walked into the office of the Deputy Inspector General of police for the North Central Province and ordered the arrest of three opposition candidates from the United National Party and the United National Front... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Ruling Party Takes Lead in Opinion Survey
Nothern Light, Sunday, December 02, 2001 10:25 PM EST . Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance (PA) took the lead in an islandwide public opinion survey conducted by Colombo University ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections, the official Daily News said on Monday... Back to the top

Large crowds attend final TNA election rallies
TamilNet, December 3. "The TNA and the LTTE would agitate for full-fledged autonomous state for Tamils through peace talks... Back to the top

Ranil asks Chandrika to join national reconciliation
The Hindu NUS, Monday, Dec. 3. (PTI). Sri Lanka's Opposition leader has invited President Chandrika Kumaratunga to join him in a fresh initiative for non-confrontationist politics and national reconciliation after five weeks of violent campaign ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary election... Back to the top

Polls won’t herald peace, feels LTTE
Deccan Herald, 04 December 2001. The LTTE feels Wednesday's elections to the Sri Lankan Parliament will not bring peace any nearer regardless of whether the ruling People"s Alliance or the Opposition United National Party wins as the all-powerful executive President, Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga, is committed to a militaristic approach to the decades-long ethnic struggle... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police arrest presidential guards over election violence, Dec 03 2001 11:43 IST. Police have arrested three members of the elite Presidential Security Division for alleged involvement in election-related violence, local officials said Monday... Back to the top

Election violence seriously hinders a the conducting of a free and fair poll
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.35 p.m. SLT Monday December 3. Election Violence which continues to rise unabated since political campaigns kicked off in October this year, has resulted in the deaths of over a dozen persons, while dozens more have suffered grievous injuries due to assault and being victims of bomb explosions... Back to the top

Jayasuriya claims whitewash to be one of Sri Lanka's finest performances
cricinfo, December 3. Captain Sanath Jayasuriya acclaimed his side's three-nil series whitewash over West Indies as one of the finest ever performances by Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Reject polls, snarls LTTE chief
TOI, Monday, Dec 03, 10:58 GMT. BATTICOLA: The LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham, while denying government accusations of ties with the Opposition United National Party, (UNP) has openly called on the people of Sri Lanka to reject the party of President Chandrika Kumaratunga when they go to the polls next week... Back to the top

Ranatunga on the campaign stump
BBC South Asia, Monday, 3 December, 2001, 14:10 GMT . Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has entered the fray of politics - standing for election in this week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Lankans stand united, for peace
TOI, 4:26:55 PM Monday, December 03, 2001 . BATTICALOA: Amidst the wounds of war evident in the shelled abandoned houses and the road blocks this eastern district of Batticaloa is painted in two colours - red and green... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects LTTE's call to remove bans
South Nexus, Monday, Dec 03. Hardening its stance against the LTTE in the final lap before Wednesday's Parliamentary polls, Sri Lanka has rejected the militant group's demand for lifting ban on it before commencement of any peace talks in the future... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls out troops as parties fear bloodbath, Dec 03 2001 18:47 IST. Sri Lanka deployed thousands of troops Monday to quell violence ahead of parliamentary elections as monitors said the death toll in vote-related attacks reached 41... Back to the top

Crisis-hit economy hangs over Sri Lanka election
Yahoo India, Monday December 3, 2:13 PM. The winner of Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on Wednesday, whether it is the ruling People's Alliance or the United National Party, will inherit an economy growing at its lowest rate in 30 years and with little prospect of a quick turnaround... Back to the top

Three EPDP members found carrying forged ballot papers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Monday December 3. Three EPDP members were today arrested by the Atchchuvely police in the northern peninsula when the vehicle they were travelling in was found to carry over 1000 forged ballot papers... Back to the top

Jaffna bishop appeals for calm before elections
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.13 p.m. SLT Monday December 3. Jaffna Bishop, Thomas Saundaranayagam, has appealed for calm and non violence in order that the people of Jaffna be allowed to cast their vote on Wednesday December 5, 2001... Back to the top

LTTE executes "traitors"
Daily Mirror, 03 December 2001. The LTTE yesterday executed a Tamil and a Muslim whom the terrorist outfit had abducted three months ago from their home towns in the Eravur police area in the Batticaloa District... Back to the top

Wickremanayake: The make-love-boost-war PM, Dec 03 2001 06:35 IST. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who is seeking re-election in polls Wednesday, has probably the most fertile plan to end the island's drawn out Tamil separatist war... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe: Battle with bombs to bounce back, Dec 03 2001 06:39 IST. The man leading Sri Lanka's opposition with hopes of becoming prime minister after Wednesday's elections would have ended up a reporter if not for the government takeover of his family newspaper... Back to the top

Sri Lankan towns tense after campaign rampage, 03 December 2001. Curfews were lifted Monday in north-central Sri Lanka where army troops were ordered to reinforce police after rival political parties clashed overnight leaving two people dead, police said... Back to the top

Prabhakaran: Champion of suicide bombings, Dec 03 2001 06:40 IST. For Tamil Tiger rebels, the best dinner date is with their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lanka orders army in as election toll reaches 17, Dec 02 2001 21:49 IST. Sri Lanka Sunday deployed army troops and ordered curfews in several towns following election violence as campaigning across the country drew to a close with the death toll put at 17... Back to the top

Cricket - Windies suffer whitewash despite another Lara ton
Yahoo India, Monday December 3, 11:56 AM. Sri Lanka wrapped up a 3-0 series whitewash over West Indies on Monday despite Brian Lara adding 130 to his first-innings double century... Back to the top

Security tightened in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Monday, 3 December, 2001, 08:00 GMT . Sri Lanka has stepped-up security as violence marred the end of election campaigning over the weekend... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tourism industry prays for revival after election, Dec 03 2001 07:32 IST. Flights are almost empty, hotels are slashing their prices and restaurants are crying out for customers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hunts army deserters amid poll violence
MSNBC, december 2. Sri Lanka has launched a crackdown on army deserters who were blamed for much of the violence that has plagued the campaign before Wednesday's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

LTTE denies pact with UNP
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.18 PM Sunday December 2,2001. Dr.Anton Balasingham,the Chief Negotiator of the LTTE,has categorically denied that there is a pact between the LTTE and the opposition United National Party (UNP). Speaking at the National Awakening Day function of the British Tamil Union in London on saturday, Dr... Back to the top

Battle for Kandy to be tougher this time
Gulf-News, 03 December 2001. here is an eerie atmosphere in the otherwise salubrious hill-capital of Kandy, 72 miles from Colombo into the central highlands of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Yahoo, 03 December 2001. Supporters of the opposition, United Nation Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe form a procession as they display his portrait on the last day of campaigning for the December 5 election in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on December 2, 2001... Back to the top

Cricket's tough guy softens up for Sri Lanka polls
MSNBC, Colombo, Dec. 2. (PTI). With his tough guy image and huge personal popularity, the transition from the pitch to politics should have been a breeze for cricket star Arjuna Ranatunga... Back to the top

Ranil invites CBK for national reconciliation
Island, 03 December 2001. Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to join him in calling for an end to violence, confrontational politics and to create an atmosphere for national reconciliation... Back to the top

Cricket-Lara stands in way of Sri Lanka clean sweep
Yahoo Singapore, December 2, 10:57 PM. West Indies are fighting to save the third and final test against Sri Lanka after ending the fourth day still needing 92 runs to make the hosts bat again despite the sterling efforts of Brian Lara... Back to the top

Tigers lurk in the booths
Gulf-News, 03 December 2001. In the late 1980s, Sri Lanka had the dubious distinction of having two parallel insurgencies - one by separatist minority Tamils in the north and the other by Marxist Sinhalese in the south... Back to the top

India to warm up to Indian origin Tamils
HT, 02 December 2001. With the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils (ISLT) having decided to cut themselves away from India and throw their weight entirely behind the LTTE, India is being forced to turn its attention to the long-neglected Indian origin Tamils (IOT) in its search for leverage in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to arrest army deserters ahead of vote, Dec 02 2001 15:37 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Sunday stepped up a drive to arrest army deserters amid reports that they have been involved in election-related violence ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary vote, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Tiger Balm
TOI-Editorial, 03 December 2001. In sharp contrast to the Maoist insurgents in Nepal, the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka have struck out on a different trail to stay in step with the starred-and-striped global campaign against terrorism... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects LTTE's call for removing ban before talks
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, December 02, 2001. Hardening its stance against the LTTE in the final lap before Wednesday's parliamentary polls, Sri Lanka has rejected the militant group's demand for lifting ban on it before commencment of any peace talks in the future... Back to the top

Voting from beyond the grave in Sri Lanka's election, Dec 02 2001 13:40 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's election officials have drawn up plans to stop dead people being impersonated by ballot riggers at Wednesday's parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Hectic final day of campaigning for Sri Lankan election, Dec 02 2001 13:09 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - The three main political parties in Sri Lanka were Sunday making a final push for votes by holding major rallies as a blood-soaked election campaign drew to a close... Back to the top

"UNP continues to have edge"
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 2. (PTI). Sri Lanka's Opposition continues to have the edge over the ruling People's Alliance in the run-up to the December 5 parliamentary poll, but the PA has reduced the lead significantly, a second round of election surveys said today... Back to the top

Ethnic issue takes centre stage in Sri Lankan elections
Deccan Herald, 02 December 2001. The Tamil minority ethnic issue may have taken centre stage in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections, but both the ruling party and main opposition are far from offering clear solutions to resolve the prolonged conflict... Back to the top

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