Southern Provincial Council election:
UPFA house-to-house campaign begins next week
The National Election Steering Committee headed by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa has put in place a comprehensive election campaign aimed to
obtain a resounding victory for the UPFA at the forthcoming Southern
Provincial Council election.
The UPFA will begin the campaign next week with visits to every house
in the province. A total of 580,000 houses in the province is expected
to be covered before the election.
Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said President Mahinda
Rajapaksa will address three major rallies to be held in the Matara,
Hambantota and Galle districts while Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickramanayaka and other Senior Cabinet Ministers are expected to
participate in another 23 main rallies in the Southern Province.
Addressing a press briefing at the Mahaweli Centre, the Minister said
there will also be election meetings at electorate level.
“We expect to hold 1412 pocket meetings in the province and 20
Electoral Committees have already been set up in each electorate to
streamline the election campaign at village level” , he said.
Over 1.7 million voters in the province are qualified to vote to
elect 53 members to the Southern Provincial Council on October 10. We
carried out an indepth study on how the election campaign should be
strengthened in the areas where the UPFA is weak before the nominations
were handed in, the Minister said.
The Minister said the Government received 63% of majority votes from
the Hambantota district while 61% from Matara and 57% from the Galle
districts at the last Presidential election.