At the LG polls, the UNP polled 36,085 votes and won 15 seats, compared to 36,029 votes and 14 seats.
Under the new electoral system, the UNP gets four proportionate seats and the SLPP five seats – giving both equal numbers of members at the MC.
To form an administration, one of them should get the support of the UPFA that polled 10,956 votes and won six seats.
However, UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera rules out any alliances.
Noting this as an example, political analysts question the practicability of the new system.