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Sri Lanka goes to polls in crucial vote

By: Sarwar Alam

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition faces its first polls test Saturday with over 15 million eligible voters participating in the election to appoint 340 of the island’s 341 local councils, according to officials. There are 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 275 pradeshiya sabhas, the legislative bodies that preside over the third-tier municipalities in the country, Sri Lanka’s Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said, adding that 8375 councillors would be elected. The police spokesperson said that over 65,000 policemen will be deployed alongside some 900 troops drawn from the three forces assisting the police. The polls opened at 7 am…

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