General Election first to change Constitution-Southern Provincial Council elections UPFA-67.9%,UNP-25%, JVP-6%
Posted on October 10th, 2009

The UPFA government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won the Southern Provincial Council elections by getting 804,071 (67.9%)votes and securing 38 seats in the final overall results of the polls. The UNP came second with only 297,180 (25%)votes, securing 14 seats in the Council and the JVP third with 72,379 (6%)votes, securing just 3 seats.

After bagging the landslide victory in the Southern Provincial Council elections at yesterday’s polls, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has, told a group of his confidants that he intends to hold, , a general election, where he will seek a two-third majority to change the Constitution.

“I have two more years left in office and I can either complete the full term or cut it short and return to Parliament,” sources quoted President Rajapaksa as telling his close allies on Thursday.

Earlier, the government had decided to go for a presidential election after the SPC polls and to hold a general election subsequently.

The Opposition is in the process of forming an alliance to face a presidential election expected early next year.

Sources said all those present at the meeting had subscribed to the President’s idea and it had been decided to consult other high-ranking party leaders on the matter.

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