The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 242

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Widespread violence reported in Kandy and Kurunagala districts
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 0936 slt 05.12.01. Widespread violence is been reported in four electorates in the Kandy district and three in the Kurunagala district. Reporting reaching election monitoring organizations and media organization say not a single voter has been able case their votes in Pahatha Dumbara and Wattegemama electorates in the Kandy district.Armed men in four wheel drive jeeps suspected to be members of the Presidential security division has fired into the air and blocked all the polling booths in the two electorates. Widespread violence and intimidation are also reported from Gampola and Nawalapitiya electorates in the Kandy District. In Kurunagala three electorates are reported to be badly affected by violence and intimidation. The electorates are Wariyapola, Hiriyala and Paduwasnuwara. end
Published: Tue Dec 4 22:47:33 EST 2001

Election 2001 Live Coverage
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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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Tens of thousands of voters stranded as army blocks entry points
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 0930 slt 05.12.01. Tens of thousands of voters in rebel held areas of Vavuniya and Batticaloe districts have been left stranded after the army closed entry points... Back to the top

10,000 observers to monitor today's election
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. Ten thousand election observers have been deployed around the island to monitor today's election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka voting gets underway, Dec 05 2001 06:41 IST. Voting began Wednesday in Sri Lanka's snap parliamentary elections amid stepped up security by police and security forces, officials said... Back to the top

Police told to be impartial
Gulf News, December 5. The leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition Ranil Wickramasinghe has called the security forces and the police to act impartially at today's parliamentary elections and to take action against those attempting to create violence and disrupt polls... Back to the top

President versus parliament battle likely if opposition wins
Gulf_news, Decemebr 5. Can an executive president from one party cohabit with a prime minister and a parliament from an opposing coalition of parties and run an administration... Back to the top

PA, UNP exude confidence
Hindu, December 4. Sri Lanka will on Wednesday vote in a new Parliament for the second time in 14 months after a five-week campaign long on rhetoric, short on issues, and marred by violence and bloodshed in some parts of the country... Back to the top

Blockade to stop thousands of Tamils from voting in Sri Lanka, Dec 04 2001 19:26 IST. Sri Lanka has decided to close a military checkpoint in the north of the island, preventing thousands of minority Tamils from voting in the general election, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Arjuna starts the innings
Yahoo, 05 December 2001. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga casts his vote at a polling booth in Colombo December 5, 2001... Back to the top

Sri Lanka goes to polls today
Gulf-News, 05 December 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a nation-wide broadcast yesterday appealed to the police and all political parties to ensure peaceful parliamentary election ahead of polls today as pre-poll violence reached an all time high... Back to the top

Killings Mar Sri Lanka Elections
Yahoo, 05 December 2001. Soldiers moved to help police guard polling booths Tuesday as the death toll reached 42 in one of the most violent elections in Sri Lanka's 53 years of democracy... Back to the top

President versus parliament battle likely if opposition wins
Gulf-News, 05 December 2001. It has happened before. But will it work again? Can an executive president from one party cohabit with a prime minister and a parliament from an opposing coalition of parties and run an administration... Back to the top

Hi-tech machine will detect forged ballot papers
Island, 05 December 2001. The Election Commissionerís Department is to allocate high tech electronic testing machines to all counting centres today which can detect forged ballots... Back to the top

Land mines found ahead of Sri Lanka vote, 04 December 2001. Police defused three land mines planted near a bridge in central Sri Lanka Tuesday on the eve of general elections, local officials said... Back to the top

Police told to be impartial
Gulf-News, 05 December 2001. The leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition Ranil Wickramasinghe has called the security forces and the police to act impartially at today's parliamentary elections and to take action against those attempting to create violence and disrupt polls... Back to the top

Stage set for today's parliamentary polls
Gulf-News, 05 December 2001. Police and election officials have set the stage for Sri Lanka parliamentary elections being conducted today with additional precautions to prevent election related violence and measures to prevent rigging and impersonation... Back to the top

Dec. 4 (23 :23) Analysts see hung-parliament in Sri Lanka polls - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, December 4. On the eve of Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections, the two main political parties on Tuesday predicted victories for themselves but political analysts said the country was more likely to see its second hung parliament in 14 months... Back to the top

Lanka goes to (historic?) polls today
The Pioneer, 05 December 2001. For most Sri Lankans the new government chosen in Wednesday's polls will have two formidable challenges: settling years of bloody fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels and reviving the flagging economy... Back to the top

Five Presidential bodyguards held
Gulf_news, December 4. Five Presidential bodyguards have been remanded in central Sri Lanka after they were allegedly involved in an attack on a convoy of vehicles carrying supporters of the main opposition party in Sri Lanka as more violence was reported from various parts of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition warns of financial crisis, Dec 04 2001 16:20 IST. Sri Lanka's main opposition Tuesday warned of a government shutdown next year unless President Chandrika Kumaratunga summons parliament in time for it to approve a budget before the end of the month... Back to the top

PA expects hung parliament
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday December 4. The Peoples Alliance has been quoted as saying they, expect to emerge the winners in a snap poll that will result in a hung parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka readies to elect its 12th parliament
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday December 4. A mere fourteen months after its last general election, Sri Lankan's will once more go to the polls tomorrow, December 5th, to elect legislators to its 12th Parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition ready to work with president
MSNBC, Tuesday, 4th Dec, 12:03GMT. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said it was ready to iron out serious policy differences and work with its rival President Chandrika Kumaratunga if it wins Wednesday's parliamentary vote... Back to the top

Chandrika will have a pivotal role in post-election era
NewIndPress, December 3. As the 35-day campaign in the elections to Sri Lankan parliament draws to a close on Sunday night, a general mood of cynicism seems to prevail in the capital... Back to the top

Sri Lankans set to vote after divisive campaign
MSNBC, 04 December 2001. Sri Lankans go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new parliament after a bitter and bloody campaign, mostly fought over the best way to deal with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... 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

Tigers stick to their guns
Asia Times, 04 December 2001. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabakaran's annual speech last week, on the occasion of Martyrs' Week, has been perceived outside Sri Lanka as signalling a softening in the LTTE's stand and a shift in its strategy... Back to the top

Cricket - Team winning every Test match in the series
Yahoo India, Tuesday December 4, 4:18 PM. COLOMBO, Dec 3 (Narad Online): When Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 10 wickets at Colombo on December 3,2001,they achieved the clean sweep of Test series by 3-0... 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

Major issues in Sri Lanka parliamentary election
MSNBC, 04 December 2001. Sri Lankans go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new parliament faced with two major, inextricably linked issues: an ethnic war and a sputtering economy... 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

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

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

Polls wonít 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

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

Wickremesinghe puts tough choices before Sri Lanka
MSNBC, Monday, 3rd December 10:42GMT. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and now a leader of the opposition is an unlikely veteran of the tough and dangerous world of Sri Lankan politics... 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

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