5th Ceylonese parliamentary election
General elections were held in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in July 1960.
Background [ edit ]
March 1960 election had left neither of Ceylon's two major parties with a majority, so another election was inevitable.
Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which had been in disarray since the murder of its leader S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike the previous year, settled on his widow, Sirimavo, as its new leader. She pledged to continue her husband's policies, notably the Sinhala Only Act, and to proceed with repatriation of the estate Tamils to India.
United National Party, led by Dudley Senanayake, had a similar position towards the island's minorities. Its differences with the SLFP were over economic policy. The SLFP called for a socialist program of nationalization of both private enterprises and religious schools; the UNP preferred to leave both in private hands.
Results [ edit ]
The SLFP obtained a bare majority, despite getting a lower share of the popular vote than the UNP, and Mrs. Bandaranaike became
Summary of the July 1960 Ceylonese parliamentary election
Sri Lanka Freedom Party 98
United National Party 128
Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi 21
Lanka Sama Samaja Party 21
Communist Party of Ceylon 7
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna 55
Lanka Democratic Party 6
National Liberation Front
All Ceylon Tamil Congress 10
Total Votes Polled
Total Electors Polled
Sri Lanka Statistics
1. Total electors polled is less than total votes polled due to
multiple-member seats where electors can cast more than one vote.
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