US commends high turnout in Lanka election

The United States has commended the people of Sri Lanka for an impressive turnout in the first presidential election of the country after the defeat of the LTTE last year.

Updated: Jan 27, 2010, 11:04 AM IST

Washington: The United States today
commended the people of Sri Lanka for an impressive turnout in
the first presidential election of the country after the
defeat of the LTTE last year.

"We commend the people of Sri Lanka for a 72 per cent
turnout. That is something that is truly remarkable,"
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley
told reporters at his daily news briefing.

"We`ll have more to say after the election results are
announced," the senior official said.

Sri Lankan voters exercised their franchise in the
country`s first post-LTTE presidential election yesterday,
expected to be a close finish between incumbent Mahinda
Rajapaksa and his main challenger Gen Sarath Fonseka.

PTI