Rajapaksa, SLPFA Headed for Landslide in Sri Lanka

  • It is noteworthy that the SLPFA has been gaining the upper hand in a series of election results.
  • The United People's Power alliance, led by former opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, is in a distant second.
  • The United National Party, Sri Lanka's oldest party, is facing a major setback.

As the results of yesterday’s parliamentary elections to elect Sri Lanka’s ninth parliamentarian come out, the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance is headed for a landslide victory. According to the results released so far, the SLPFA, led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has around 60% of the votes.

Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka were held on 5 August 2020 to elect 225 members to Sri Lanka’s 16th Parliament. The SLPP became the largest group in Parliament after securing 59.09% of votes and 145 seats whilst the SJB won 23.90% of votes and 54 seats. SLPP managed to exceed the majority cutoff of 113 with obtaining 128 seats from election votes and 17 seats from the national list.

The United People’s Power alliance, led by former opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, is in a distant second. The National People’s Power is in third place, with close to one lakh votes, and the Sri Lanka Tamil National Party is in fourth place.

According to the election results released so far, the United National Party, Sri Lanka’s oldest party, is facing a major setback. As of 6.30 PM today, the United National Party (UNP), led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, had received only 50,000 votes. As such, the North-centric All Ceylon Tamil Congress, led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, received more than 43,000 votes.

In this context, it is noteworthy that the SLPFA has been gaining the upper hand in a series of election results. Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned the Sri Lankan Prime Minister to congratulate his party on its victory in the parliamentary elections.

Sharing this information on his Twitter page, Prime Minister Rajapaksa said he looked forward to working closely with India with the strong support of the Sri Lankan people to further enhance long-term cooperation between the two countries.

At about 12,984 country polling stations yesterday, the parliamentary election vote president election commission has said at least 71% percent of the total voters have been counted. Except for a few minor incidents during the elections, it was very peaceful yesterday.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician and military officer who was elected President of Sri Lanka on November 16. He served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development from 2005 to 2015 under the administration of his brother.

In the first few hours of polling, the turnout was close to 30 percent, and by noon the turnout in most districts had exceeded 50 percent. Long queues were seen at several centers in Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara districts from this morning.

Ballot boxes were sealed securely after the polling ended at 5 PM. Representatives of political parties were allowed to affix security stickers on the ballot boxes. The ballot boxes were then taken to the counting centers in the relevant districts amidst police security.

Ballot boxes were received at the relevant counting centers around 6:30 PM. The counting of votes began at 7:30 AM today at 2,367 polling stations. The counting of postal votes also begun at 444 polling stations.

There were reports of clashes between two factions of the same party in Ratnapura, and five complaints of fraudulent voting, a case of a candidate being assaulted by a candidate in the Kelaniya area, and a clash between two groups of an independent group and a political party in Kilinochchi.

Hambantota and Batticaloa districts recorded the highest turnout of 22 out of 25 districts, while the lowest turnout was recorded in Puttalam and Gampaha with 64 percent. The turnout in the district was 68 percent.

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