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Voting Ends in Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Election - 2004-04-02

Voting in Sri Lanka's parliamentary election has ended.

There were no reports of violence, as authorities deployed more than 60,000 police and military personnel in vulnerable provinces to ensure security.

There were no polling stations in areas held by Tamil rebels. Voters were asked to travel to stations set up along roads controlled by government troops.

News reports from the region say the main Tamil Tiger rebel group provided buses to take Tamil voters to polling stations.

Results are not expected until Saturday. Analysts say the election, the third parliamentary vote in four years, could result in a hung Parliament.

The vote was called nearly four years early by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to end a bitter power struggle with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, over efforts to negotiate a settlement with Tamil rebels. The president accuses the prime minister of making too many concessions to the rebels.