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Tamil defiance wins

In a show of defiance against weeks of mounting intimidation and harassment, the North cast a vote of outright rejection of the Sri Lankan state, with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sweeping 75% of the overall vote.

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) fell miles behind, securing only 17% of votes but still faring better than the opposition United National Party (UNP) which failed to secure even 1% of the vote.

The TNA won 30 out of the 38 seats on the Northern Provincial Council. The UPFA secured 7 seats with the remaining seat going to the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC).
 
Statistics from therepublicsquare.com

"The TNA firmly believes that sovereignty lies with the People and not with the State. It is not the government in Colombo that holds the right to govern the Tamil People, but the People themselves. In this regard the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is flawed in that power is concentrated at the Centre and its Agent, the Governor. Our political philosophy is rooted in a fundamental democratic challenge to the authoritarian state. Our political programme is therefore rooted in the needs and aspirations of the Tamil Speaking People for justice and equality."

- From TNA's 'Manifesto Statement'



Vote and Preferential vote breakdown:


Total votes for North Province:
  • Tamil National Alliance (Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi) - 353,595
  • United People's Freedom Alliance - 82,838
  • Sri Lankan Muslim Congress - 6761
  • Independent/Other - 4318
  • United National Party - 3062

Jaffna Preferential candidate votes:

  1. C. V. Vigneswaran (TNA) - 132,255
  2. Ananthy Sasitharan (TNA) - 87,870
  3. Dharmalingam Siddharthan (TNA) - 39,715
  4. Balachandran Kajatheepan (TNA) - 29,669
  5. E. Arnold (TNA) - 26,888
  6. Kanthaiah Sivagnanam (TNA) - 26,747
  7. M. K. Sivajilingam (TNA) - 22,660
  8. Ainkaralingam Ponnuthurai (TNA) - 22,268
  9. S. Sugirthan (TNA) - 20,541
  10. K. Kajanthan (TNA) - 20,179
  11. Vinthan Kanagaratnam (TNA) - 16,463
  12. A. Paramsothy (TNA) - 16,359
  13. Kanthaiah Sarveswaran (TNA) - 14,761
  14. Kandasamy Kamalendran (UPFA) - 13,632
  15. V. Sivanesan (TNA) - 13,479
  16. Angajan Ramanathan (UPFA) - 10,034

Vavuniya Preferential candidate votes:

  1. P. Sathiyalingam (TNA) - 19,656
  2. Kanthar Thamotharam Linganathan (TNA) - 11,901
  3. M. Thiyagarasa (TNA) - 11,681
  4. I. Inthirarasa (TNA) - 11,535
  5. Dharmapala Seneviratna (UPFA) - 5148
  6. A. Jayatilleke (UPFA) - 4806

Kilinochchi Preferential candidate votes:

  1. Pasupathy Ariyaratnam (TNA) - 27264
  2. Thambirasa Gurukularasa (TNA) - 26,427
  3. Subramaniam Pasupathipillai (TNA) - 21,132
  4. V. Thavanathan (UPFA) - 3753

Mullaitivu Preferential candidate votes:

  1. Anthony Jeyanathan (TNA) - 9309
  2. Sivapragasam Sivayogan (TNA) - 9296
  3. Thurairajah Ravikaran (TNA) - 8868
  4. Kanagasundram Swamy Veerabahu (TNA) - 8702
  5. A. Kassim (UPFA) - 1726

Mannar Preferential candidate votes:

  1. Primus Saraiva (TNA) - 12,927
  2. Balasubramaniam Denis (TNA) - 12,827
  3. G. Gunaseelan (TNA) - 12,260
  4. Rifkan Bathiyutheen (UPFA) - 11,130
  5. Kabir Muhammad Rayis (SLMC) - 3165

Source onlineuthayan.com and tamilwin.com

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