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Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council Elections, 21 September 2013

image of Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council Elections, 21 September 2013

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections, held 21 September 2013. The Mission was led by Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Former Vice President of Kenya, and was comprised of 4 eminent persons.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission found the conduct of election day itself to be impressive. The Mission expressed concerns about the pre-electoral environment and called for the establishment of an independent electoral commission.

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Political Background

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is the ruling coalition in Sri Lanka. At the helm of the UPFA is the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which is the single largest party in Parliament. The head of the UPFA and SLFP is President Mahinda Rajapaksa. President Rajapaksa was first elected to the Presidency in 2005, and was re-elected in 2010. It was under the leadership of President Rajapaksa that Sri Lanka decisively ended its civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009.

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