The Tamil National Alliance took a very early lead in the race for the Northern Provincial Council when it clinched the postal vote in the Mullaitivu District with 646 votes to the ruling UPFA’s 146.
Postal votes are traditionally cast by Government Servants who might be serving outside a home district. Postal voting results do not necessarily reflect the final result of a poll.
Mullaitivu is the former LTTE stronghold in the Wanni where the final battles of Sri Lanka’s separatist war was waged. The UN claims 40,000 people died in the final days of the battle along the Mullaitivu coast, an allegation staunchly denied by the Sri Lankan Government.
Northern Tamils went to the polls today to elect their provincial legislators for the first time in 25 years.