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Sunday, October 11, 2009
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With a 65% voter turnout, the Southern Provincial Council poll ended at 4 pm yesterday on a relatively peaceful note without any major incidents of violence reported from the Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts, senior election and police officials said.Matara district saw 60%-65% polling, Hambantota district 60%-62% and Galle district 62% at yesterday’s poll to elect 55 members (including two bonus seats)to the Southern Provincial Council."The voter turnout was satisfactory for a provincial poll", a senior election official said. "It was within the expected range".

Some disabled voters awaiting to exercise their franchise outside a polling booth in Galle during yesterday’s Southern Provincial Council poll.
(Pic by Gemunu Chandralal)

Fishermen can now have a wife in each coast: Wimal
Wimal Weerawansa, MP last week told a propaganda rally held in support of UPFA candidates contesting Southern Provincial Council election now that the LTTE had been eradicated fishermen could have a pawula (read as wife) on both northern and southern coasts.

JJ to complain of ‘harassment’ of Opp. MPs in Geneva, London
The UNP will make representations to Inter-Parliamentary Union, Commonwealth as well House of Commons next week regarding harassment of Opposition MPs at the hands of the Rajapaksa administration, a party MP said.

10-member Tamil Nadu parliamentary delegation arrives in Colombo
A ten-member parliamentary delegation from Tamil Nadu arrives in Colombo from Chennai yesterday on a fact-finding mission on the Tamil IDPS in the Vanni, reports from South India indicated.
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