The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 244

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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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Police curfew in Wattegama
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 a.m Friday 7 December. A police curfew has been imposed in Wattegama in Kandy after a group of persons burned a petrol station in the area. Kandy SSP Asoka Ratnaweera said the curfew will be lifted at 2.00 p.m today. Meanwhile two Defender Jeeps belonging to a government institution , used for violent activities during the elections has been found by the police in Kandy today. Lanka Academic sources in Kandy say that the two jeeps were found abandoned in an estate in the area.
Published: Thu Dec 6 23:23:29 EST 2001
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TLA Poll: Election 2001
Which political party will win most seats in the Sri Lankan parliament in the Election 2001? View TLA Poll Results
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Sri Lanka lifts curfew after violence-marred poll
MSNBC, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka lifted on Friday a nationwide curfew imposed after a parliamentary election marred by violence and ballot-box stuffing, as the country awaits the poll result... Back to the top

Tamils hope for UNP win
Hindu, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's war-weary Tamil minority has set its hopes by the United National Party (UNP)'s victory in the general election for early peace talks between the Government and the LTTE, but much will depend on whether the President and the new Prime Minister can see eye to eye on the subject... Back to the top

Muslims defy curfew, bury dead after Sri Lanka poll
MSNBC, Dec 5. Sri Lanka's main Muslim party held tense funerals on Thursday for 12 supporters killed in clashes with the ruling party as thousands defied a curfew imposed after a parliamentary election plagued by violence... Back to the top

District results at a glance
Daily Mirror, 07 December 2001. District Results/Graphics Back to the top

Repoll may be held in some divisions in Sri Lanka
Hindu, 07 December 2001. With the Election Commissioner announcing the withholding of the results of nine of the 22 districts in the Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, repolling in some electoral divisions is to be taken in consultation with representatives of parties on Friday... Back to the top

War or Peace? - Political Parties not in agreement
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1915 GMT. The LTTE youth who are very capable should lay down the arms and help build Sri Lanka, said the Presidential candidate of the Sinhala Nationalist Radical Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Nandana Gunathilake... Back to the top

Vote For Peace and Change -UNP
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1640 GMT. The results of the yesterday’s general elections show the desire of the nation for Peace and a change of the way they are being ruled, a senior leader of the United National Front (UNF)/ Party (UNP) said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's potential political stand-off
BBC, December 6. If the leader of the United National Front, Ranil Wickramasinghe, becomes the next Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the scene may be set for a political and constitutional stand-off... Back to the top

Lanka Academic Election Forcasts.
The Lanka Academic, December 6. We have provided an Election results forecast on our election update service based on an algorithm developed by our enthusiastic volunteers... Back to the top

Main reason was "Kitchen Problem" - PA
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1710 GMT. Sri Lankan voters have decided to defeat the Peoples’ Alliance (PA) as the cost of living was very high, a leader of the ruling party said... Back to the top

Lanka consulate alerts recruiters
Gulf-News, 07 December 2001. The Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai has alerted recruiting agents at home to check the credentials of UAE companies before hiring workers for them, said a senior diplomat... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition leader claims victory in vote, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday claimed victory at parliamentary elections and said he will form a government once legal formalities were completed... Back to the top

Two EPDP in Jaffna, one PLOTE in Vanni
Tamilnet, 07 December 2001. The TNA got 102324 votes in Jaffna, 86284 in Batticaloa and 41959 in the Vanni electoral district, election officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Lanka Opp falls short of clear majority
TOI, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's opposition fell short of a clear majority but captured an impressive victory in the national polls raising expectations of a renewed effort to start peace talks and a surge in economic activity, despite some concerns that the country may become engulfed in political instability... Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends curfew as opposition looks set to take power, Dec 06 2001 18:54 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition claimed victory Thursday after a parliamentary vote tarnished by violence and vote rigging, as authorities extended a curfew amid fears of a backlash against supporters of the ruling party... Back to the top

Voting in several areas annulled
Gulf-News, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's Election Commi-ssioner said yesterday he had annulled voting in several areas in the country's parliamentary election because of violence and suspected ballot stuffing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Says Majority in Sight
ABC News, 12/06/2001 3:45 am ET . By Scott McDonald COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Thursday claimed a surprise win in a violence-marred parliamentary vote that may signal a quick return to peace talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Turns Up the Pressure
IHT, 07 December 2001. In the early years of her presidency, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga embodied the hope for peace in Sri Lanka, a democracy that had then struggled through more than a decade of insurrection, ethnic strife and terrorism... Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends curfew after post-poll clashes
Yahoo India, Thursday December 6, 11:16 AM. Sri Lanka extended a nationwide curfew until dawn on Friday to keep a lid on ethnic tensions and inter-party clashes after one its bloodiest elections on record... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Opposition Leads Election
The Guardian, December 6. According to a group of independent political analysts, no single party will win a majority, but the opposition alliance will have the best chance to form a government, with a probable 125 seats versus the governing alliance's 100... Back to the top

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

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

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

'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

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