In a closely fought National Referendum which extends the life of country's National Parliament President Jayawardene won the confidence of Sri Lanka in its first ever Referendum closely on the heels of his victory in the Presidential poll two months ago.
President Jayawardene arrives in his office, takes his seat followed by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Chief Election Commissioner and other top officials of Sri Lanka. Chief Elections Commissioner Mr. Chandrananda de Silva presents the result of the poll count. The President signs that. Sri Lanka Home Secretary presents the bill extending the life of Parliament by six years to the President. President Jayawardene signs the bill which with his signatures becomes law and thus the life of Parliament is extended by six years. Mr. de Silva explaining to the President how he airlifted ballot boxes to get the results fast. A happy Mr. Jayawardene leaves the office followed by officials.
Shots of President's House
Crowded streets with new Japanese and other cars, Overflowing market scenes..goods on display essential consumer items like clothing, shirts, dress pieces and all kinds of things overflowing from stores and shoppers walking past as hawkers make noise to attract customers.
Show windows showing electronic good..Tv sets, tape recorders, fan etc.
Another street scene..in the background construction work.
A huge hotel coming up.
REFERENDUM RESULT FOR: 3.1 million Against: 2.6 million
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Background: In a closely fought National Referendum which extends the life of country's National Parliament President Jayawardene won the confidence of Sri Lanka in its first ever Referendum closely on the heels of his victory in the Presidential poll two months ago. Though the percentage of polling was lower than for the Presidential poll roughly 72% compared to 81% turn out despite Tamil boycott then. Political observers were belied by the margin that gave Mr. Jayawardene the same Parliament that he asked the people of Sri Lanka to give him to continue his economic and other development policies. In a simple ceremony at the office of the President in Colombo the chief of elections commissioner Mr. Chandrananda de Silva presented the result of the referendum and the President signed the same. Then the Home Secretary gave him the Bill extending life of Parliament and with his signatures it became law. Service chiefs and the police chief later called on the President. A beaming and happy Mr. Jayawardene thanked them for the security measures that helped in a peaceful referendum and result. The victory of Mr. Jayawardene is really a victory for his right wing and free market economic policies which have flooded the markets in Sri Lanka with essentials and other consumer goods. The markets are overflowing and hawkers shouting for customers. Roads are crowded with imported cars, so are shop windows with electronic goods. Building of office blocks, hotels is at its peak giving evidence of success of his policies which is now get a further endorsement from the people of Sri Lanka.