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The UPFA scored an unprecedented landslide election victory in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts in Saturday’s Western Provincial Council election winning two thirds - 68 out of 102 seats - in the Western Provincial Council with clear majorities.

The UNP lost all the electorates of the Kalutara and Gampaha districts while retaining only the four city electorates in the Colombo District with slim majorities.

The election result showed a clear mandate to the Government by the voters of the most literate and educated constituency of the country and was seen as a clear indication that the people endorsed the policies of the UPFA, especially the leadership and policies of President Rajapaksa.

The election day and yesterday were incident free and no cases of violence or intimidation were reported in all the three districts, Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said.

However, on Sunday morning when the first results were being announced people started lighting crackers to celebrate the victory but there were no post election violence incidents. The UNP won only 30 seats while the JVP won three seats, SLMC two seats with the Democratic Unity Alliance securing one seat.

The total votes polled by the UPFA was 1,506,115, or 64.73 percent the UNP scored 688,253 or 29.5 percent, the JVP polled 56,384 votes or 2.42 percent, the SLMC polled 49,388 or 2.12 percent and the Democratic Unity Alliance polled 11,970 votes or 0.51 percent of the votes.

The election was free of violence. The voter turnout at the polls was 65 percent for the Kalutara District, 60 for Gampaha District and 50 for Colombo District.

The majorities of votes in most electorates were very high and the Attanagalla electorate that produced three SLFP leaders during the past 53 years had a majority of 38,000 votes the highest ever majority in that electorate after the landslide MEP election victory of 1956 that S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike won with a 31,000 majority.

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