Upcountry projects between 77 - 80 % voter turnout | Sunday Observer

Upcountry projects between 77 - 80 % voter turnout

At the conclusion of voting at 5 pm last evening Batticaloa Returning Officer M. Udayakumar said the final voter turnout was approximately 77 per cent.

According to the Batticaloa district MP Srinesan, the figure had crossed the 80% mark by noon, in the rural areas as compared to the urban areas.

Udayakumar said around 398,301 voters were eligible to vote in 428 polling stations. The situation that gained momentum since the beginning

concluded, reaching 77%.

MP Srinesan said, “Areas such as, Aayithyamalai, Karadiyanaaru and Kokkatticholai that were under Tiger captive saw voter turnout crossing 80%. People participated in voting with much enthusiasm, in selecting their next leader.

Meanwhile, in the Kilinochchi district, with 83,531 eligible voters, the voter turnout was 73.19%. The Kilinochchi district Returning Officer said, it was peaceful and conducted in a lawful manner.

On the other hand, Nuwara- Eliya district Returning Officer M. P. R. Pushpakumara said the district projected an 80-percent turnout of voters.

The upcountry city saw voting taking place in as many as 488 centres. Pushpakumara said his district witnessed violent-free voting adding that, “This time, in comparison with the past polls, the estate workers in particular, showed enthusiasm with an increase in voter turnout.”

In Nuwara- Eliya, 569, 028 were eligible to vote while 6,850 state officials were deployed for election duty, and 3,100 engaged for counting.