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Govt. narrowly retains Uva PC

*UNP shows signs of recovery
* JVP distant third, DP suffers setback



The SLFP-led UPFA retained the control of the Uva Provincial Council (UPC) at Saturday’s election.

The UNP made significant gains in the Badulla District which the UPFA won with a majority of 11,348 votes. The UPFA, however, polled only 209,056 votes (47.37%) while the UNP secured 197,708 votes (44.79%) and the JVP obtained 20,625 votes (4.67%).

The UFFA won 19 seats (nine in Badulla and eight in Moneragala including two bonus slots) to retain the control of the UPC. The UNP obtained 13 seats (eight in Badulla and five in Moneragala) while the JVP came a distant third by winning a seat each in Badulla and Moneragala Districts.

Of the nine electorates in the Badulla electoral District, the UNP comfortably secured three, namely Badulla, Welimada and Hali Ela. The UPFA won all three electorates in the Moneragala District.

Former Army Commander General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party (DP), Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front (NFF), which contested in the Badulla District on its own as well as the Democratic Unity Alliance (DUA), which is a coalition of UPFA constituents, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) failed to win any seats.

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