In March local elections were held in Sri Lanka in about two-thirds of local authorities. However, they were postponed in the rest. The remainder of the elections were held last week.
As before, the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (Eksath Janatha Nidahas Sandhanaya – UPFA or EJNS) has dominated the results. The government press agency is reporting that there were elections for 65 local authorities and that the EJNS won 45, the Tamil National Alliance (Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi – ITAK) won 18, and the Tamil United Liberation Front won two.
In total, the UPFA/ENJS controls 250 of the 335 councils.