The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 243

Headline Summary
DID FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS OCCUR IN SRI LANKA? Read more about how the election in Sri Lanka was conducted at the LAcNet Election Compendium

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All Island Electoral Current Status
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 a.m. SLT Thursday December 6. According to the current electoral status the United National Party is leading by 1,210,899 votes. The Peoples Alliance follows with 916,913 votes and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has secured 202,948 votes.

The Tamil United Liberation Front has 52,471 votes followed by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress with 24,809 votes.
Published: Wed Dec 5 23:28:15 EST 2001

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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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President orders IGP to restore order
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.15 a.m Thursday 6 September. President Chandrika Kumaratunge has ordered Inspector General of Police Lucky Kodituwakku to restore order in the country and prevent any violent incidents... Back to the top

'Astrology rigged' in Sri Lanka election
BBC, December 6. As Sri Lanka went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new parliament many voters were keen to know what the astrologers were saying about the outcome... Back to the top

TNA wins Jaffna, Vanni, Batticaloa
Tamilnet , December 6. The Tamil National Alliance won in the Jaffna, Vanni and Batticaloa electoral districts, according to results announced until Thursday morning... Back to the top

Curfew extended
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.14 a.m Thursday 6 December. The ministry of defense announced that the curfew which was to be lifted at 6.00 a... Back to the top

I am seriously alarmed- John Cushnahan
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 p.m Wednesday 5 December. The head of the EU election monitors and European member of parliament John Cushnahan expressed his great disappointment the way Sri Lankas elections were held today... Back to the top

Some 70 Pct. of Sri Lankans Vote
Yahoo, Wednesday December 5 12:57 PM ET . Parliamentary elections plagued by violence ended Wednesday amid killings, ballot-stealing and an army blockade that prevented up to 130,000 minority Tamils from reaching the polls... Back to the top

16 people killed while voting drew to a final close
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5 . At least sixteen people were killed today including a seven year old child... Back to the top

Over 1 lakh Tamils kept from voting in Lanka
TOI, Wednesday, Dec 5th, 10:14GMT. The army closed roads, preventing some 130,000 minority Tamil voters from reaching the polls Wednesday, as Sri Lankans cast ballots for a new Parliament following one of the island's most violent election campaigns... Back to the top

Sri Lankan polls: Candidates angry, monitors want repoll
Hindu, 06 December 2001. Tamil politicians and local and international election monitors have accused the Sri Lankan Government of disenfranchising thousands of Tamils and violating their fundamental rights by not allowing people in LTTE-held areas to vote in today's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Islandwide curfew declared
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. An Islandwide curfew has been declared from 11 p.m. today until 6 a... Back to the top

Mobile polling booth for Sri Lankan president, PM, 06 December 2001. Sri Lanka's election officials Wednesday sent ballot boxes to the tightly guarded residences of the president and the prime minister so they could vote without fear of attack... Back to the top

JVP leader Amarasinghe slips out fearing poll loss
Gulf-News, 06 December 2001. The leader of the Marxist Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe was among the first to leave the country as politicians, businessmen and their families feared defeat for the parties they supported at yesterday's general elections... Back to the top

Violence spread as alleged ruling party armed supporters attack opposition activists
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1436 slt 05.12.01. Widespread violence is been reported in the Kandy, Matale, Gampaha, and Puttlam districts... Back to the top

Violence, rigging mar Lanka polls
TOI, 06 December 2001. Sri Lankan's exercised their right to vote by going to the polls in significant numbers on Wednesday despite bomb blasts, murders, voter intimidation and stuffing of ballot boxes... Back to the top

French poll monitor attacked in Sri Lanka vote , Dec 05 2001 . A French woman monitoring Sri Lanka's parliamentary election came under attack Wednesday in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's home constituency... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Party Leader Leaves for London for Personal Security
Nothern Light, Wednesday, December 05, 2001 11:38 AM EST . Sri Lanka's leftist party JVP or People's Liberation Front leader Somawansa Amarasinghe left here for London on Wednesday as the country is voting for a new parliament, officials said... Back to the top

The toll as voting ends in Sri Lanka's most violent election: 50 dead, thousands unable to vote
MSNBC, 5 December, 2001. Polls closed Wednesday night after an election day filled with explosives, reports of vote-stealing and an army blockade that kept 130,000 minorities from voting... Back to the top

Jaffna voter finds he has already cast his ballot
Yahoo Singapore, Wednesday December 5, 3:18 PM. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - A pensioner in the war-torn Jaffna peninsula arrived to vote on Wednesday morning in Sri Lanka's parliamentary election only to find his ballot had already been cast... Back to the top

Violence, rigging mar Lanka polls
TOI, 5:06:58 PM Wednesday, December 05, 2001 . Sri Lankans exercised their right to vote by going to the polls in significant numbers on Wednesday amidst bomb blasts, shootouts at polling stations and stuffing of ballot boxes... Back to the top

53,000 people in uncleared areas unable to vote today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. A total of 53,000 people living in uncleared areas in the north and east were prevented today from voting when Army area commanders closed entry points to polling centres... Back to the top

Rigging, blockades, bloodshed colour Sri Lanka poll
Yahoo India, Wednesday December 5, 2:17 PM. Violence and vote rigging marred Sri Lanka's parliamentary polls on Wednesday as the government closed checkpoints in the war-torn north and east, preventing tens of thousands of minority Tamils from voting... Back to the top

Machine guns and queues on Sri Lanka's day of democracy, Dec 05 2001 14:16 IST MUDALATHKULIYA. Pushpa Kumara displayed the bruises on his face as he stood in front of a van with shattered windows and burst tyres... Back to the top

Facts and Figures on Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Tuesday, December 04, 2001 10:09 PM EST . Facts and figures on Sri Lanka and its Wednesday parliamentary election: GOVERNMENT: Parliamentary democracy since independence from Britain in 1948... Back to the top

Armed group takes control of Wariyapola town
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.32 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence has stated that as of today, 5, December 2001, at 1100 hrs, Police Mobile Units have been stopped and an armed group has taken control of Wariyapola town in the Kurunegala district... Back to the top

PA candidate threatens CMEV elections monitor
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.23 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5 . Occupants of a convoy of vehicles including PA candidate Shantha Premaratne threatened to throw a bomb at the vehicle of CMEV International Observer Andrew Macleod... Back to the top

Supporters of PA chief minister prevents polling agents from carrying out their duties at Anuradhapura
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. According to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, Supporters of PA Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake are alleged to have prevented polling agents from entering eight polling centres in the Kalawewa polling division at Anuradhapura today... Back to the top

UNP supporters stone PA candidate
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.25 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5 . Independent polls monitors say that UNP supporters stoned the vehicle of PA candidate R... Back to the top

Son of deputy defence minister involved in instigating violence in the Kandy district
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.20 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. According to polls monitors attached to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence at the Patha Dumbara Polling Division at Dematagolla Mahaweli Mahajavidyalaya at 6.40 this morning, it is alleged that Lohan Ratwatte's gangs were forcibly preventing JVP supporters from voting... Back to the top

CMEV says several incidents of voter intimidation and ballot rigging in the Kandy district
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence has issued a news release which claims that ballot stuffing and voter intimidation has taken place in the Kandy district this morning... Back to the top

Three people injured in shoot out at Kegalle
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.55 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. Three people were seriously injured at 7.30 a.m. this morning when a shoot out took place outside a polling center at the Parakrama Vidayala at Aranayaka in the Kegalle district... Back to the top

Voting peaceful in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. Voting in the Colombo district is being conducted peacefully with no reported incidents of violence... Back to the top

Two ballot boxes set on fire at Galagedera
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.35 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. Two ballot boxes were set on fire at Galagedera - Pettipolla in the Central Province a short while ago... Back to the top

Bomb explosion in Galle outside polling center
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.05 p.m. SLT Wednesday December 5. With four more hours left for the country's general election to conclude violence erupted in Galle a short while ago injuring 17 people outside the Horangalla voting center in the Pitigala area at Galle... 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

Opposition banks on high turnout to avoid hung parliament, 05 December 2001. Sri Lankan opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said he was confident that a high turnout in Wednesday's elections would confound predictions of a hung parliament and hand his party an outright majority... Back to the top

Sri Lanka polls underway amid sporadic violence, Tamil fury, Dec 05 2001 10:16 IST. Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections got underway Wednesday amid sporadic violence and reports of ballot stuffing, while some 60,000 minority Tamils were prevented from voting at all... 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

Bags are packed and ready to go
Daily Mirror, 05 December 2001. State media yesterday deployed camera crews and reporters for 24 hour duty at the BIA amidst reports that some politicians, their families and political businessmen were planning to make a quick and quiet exit, informed sources said... Back to the top

'U.S. should target Sri Lankan terrorists'
IANS/Yahoo, 05 December 2001. If the U.S. was really waging a "war against terrorism," it should have targeted Sri Lanka, known for Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, an Islamic lawyer has 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

Sri Lanka heads for second parliamentary elections in 14 months
Yahoo, Tuesday December 4, 9:46 AM. 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

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

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

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