24 Jul 2011

Local elections in northern Sri Lanka

5:18 am on 24 July 2011

Local elections are taking place in much of northern Sri Lanka.

Some areas are holding polls for the first time in almost three decades because of a protracted civil war which ended in 2009.

Soldiers were on the streets as they have been since May 2009 when the 26 year war ended.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has campaigned aggressively mainly on a platform of development projects which have gotten mixed reception.