While much of the election fever that gripped the North Western Province beginning to wane, it continued till midnight on Friday in the Puttalam district, especially in the Nayakkarchenai polling station area where the Elections Commissioner had announced a re-poll due to a breach in the voting procedure.
As a result a fresh poll was held yesterday in this polling station identified as G.N division No. 603A, Naramba, located within the Kalpitiya peninsula, bearing No. 47 and known as Nayakkarchenai.
In this polling station covering three villages that includes Naramba and Paniadicholai there are 438 families of all communities numbering around 2300 villagers, spread over an area of 12 sq. kms, with coconut cultivation being the primary crop. The polling at this station was not an exception as far as election malpractices in the Puttalam district were concerned. However, there was much gossip on what went on there that day.
The polling booth in question was situated in the Nayakkarchenai Govt. Tamil School where two policemen were placed on duty. One was stationed at the entrance to the school premises while the other was on duty at the booth.
Puttalam polling division – Final result
The results of voting in the Puttalam electorate which was held back last week was released last night after the conduct of polls in the booth where the election was cancelled last week. Votes received by the main parties and voter figures.
Administrative District: Puttalam
Polling Division: Puttalam
Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of votes received Percentage %
UPFA 26, 091 (52.90%)
UNP 22, 549 (45.72%)
JVP 337 (0.68%)
Total valid votes 49, 319 (91.78%)
Rejected votes 4, 417 (8.22%)
Total votes polled 53, 736
Registered voters 100, 637
Puttalam District final results (main parties)
UPFA 171,377 (67.48%) -11 seats
UNP 76,799 (30.24%) – 5 seats
JVP 4,344 (1.71%)
Valid Votes 253,960 (92.68)
Rejected Votes 20,054 (7.32 )
Total Polled 274,014
Regis. Electors 489,852
North Western Province final results
UPFA 68,743 (69.43%) – 37 seats
UNP 270, 347 (28.07%) - 14 seats
JVP 20,428 (2.12%) 1 seat
Valid Votes 963,146 (95.37%)
Rejected Votes 46,714 (4.63%)
Total Polled 1,009,860
Regis. Electors 1,661,733