Sri Lanka stages poll re-run ahead of final results

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 07:40 hrs

Fresh polling was held in two districts of Sri Lanka on Tuesday in areas where violence affected this month's parliamentary elections and held up final results, officials said.

About 50,000 people were eligible to vote where balloting was disrupted during the April 8 nationwide poll.

President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance has already secured a landslide victory in the election, winning 117 out of the 180 seats declared so far.

The violence delayed results in 45 seats out of the 225 in the national parliament.

"We have stepped up security and the polling is under way peacefully," police Deputy Inspector General Gamini Navaratne said.

A spokesman for the elections commission said they expected to release the final results around midnight Tuesday. The new parliament is due to hold its first session on Thursday.

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