Tamil National Alliance Swept Northern Provincial Elections Securing 30 of 38 Seats

Sep 22, 2013 17:00 IST

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on 22 September 2013 recorded landslide victory in Northern Province elections securing 30 of the 38 seats and 78 percent of the votes polled. It has also won all the five districts of Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaittivu and Jaffna.

President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance is a distant second, securing just 7 seats. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has been the only other party to open its account, winning 1 seat. TNA has also secured the two reserved seats for being the single largest party.

Significance of the Elections

Elections in the province were held for the first time since the provincial system were introduced as a result of the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, that sought to address the political aspirations of the Tamil community of Sri Lanka. However elections could not be held here because of the 30 year long civil war in the country that ended in 2009 with the final defeat of the LTTE.

Now with more than two-thirds majority, TNA is expected to press for effective devolution of power to the provincial council on lines of its demands in its election manifesto.

Earlier, Election Commission declared that 68 percent of the 7 lakh strong electorate in the Northern Province had turned out to vote. The elections were held held in this province on 21 September 2013.

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