Elections in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a six-year term by the people. The Parliament has 225 members, elected for a six-year term, 196 members elected in multi-seat constituencies through proportional representation system where each party is allocated a number of seats from the quota for each district according to the proportion of the total vote that party obtains in the district. The other 29 which is called the national list are appointed by each party secretary according to the island wide proportional vote the party obtains.
Sri Lanka has a multi party system, with two dominant political parties,and with extreme difficulty for anybody to achieve electoral success under the banner of any other party.
2010 Presidential election
|Mahinda Rajapaksa||United People's Freedom Alliance||6,015,934||57.88%|
|Sarath Fonseka||New Democratic Front||4,173,185||40.15%|
|Mohomad Cassim Mohomad Ismail||Democratic United National Front||39,226||0.38%|
|Achala Ashoka Suraweera||National Development Front||26,266||0.25%|
|Channa Janaka Sugathsiri Gamage||United Democratic Front||23,290||0.22%|
|W. V. Mahiman Ranjith||Independent||18,747||0.18%|
|A. S. P Liyanage||Sri Lanka Labour Party||14,220||0.14%|
|Sarath Manamendra||New Sinhala Heritage||9,684||0.09%|
|M. K. Shivajilingam||Independent||9,662||0.09%|
|Lal Perera||Our National Front||9,353||0.09%|
|Siritunga Jayasuriya||United Socialist Party||8,352||0.08%|
|Vikramabahu Karunaratne||Left Front||7,055||0.07%|
|Aithurus M. Illias||Independent||6,131||0.06%|
|Wije Dias||Socialist Equality Party||4,195||0.04%|
|Sanath Pinnaduwa||National Alliance||3,523||0.03%|
|M. Mohamed Musthaffa||Independent||3,134||0.03%|
|Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero||Jana Setha Peramuna||2,770||0.03%|
|Senaratna de Silva||Patriotic National Front||2,620||0.03%|
|Aruna de Zoyza||Ruhuna People's Party||2,618||0.03%|
|Upali Sarath Kongahage||United National Alternative Front||2,260||0.02%|
|Muthu Bandara Theminimulla||All Are Citizens, All Are Kings Organisation||2,007||0.02%|
|Source: Department of Elections, Sri Lanka|
2010 Parliamentary election
|Alliances and parties||Votes||%||Seats|
|United People's Freedom Alliance||4,846,388||60.33%||127||17||144|
|United National Front3||2,357,057||29.34%||51||9||60|
|Tamil National Alliance4||233,190||2.90%||13||1||14|
|Democratic National Alliance||441,251||5.49%||5||2||7|
|Up-Country People's Front2||24,670||0.31%||0||0||0|
|Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal||20,284||0.25%||0||0||0|
|Sinhalaye Mahasammatha Bhoomiputra Pakshaya||12,170||0.15%||0||0||0|
|Tamil United Liberation Front||9,223||0.11%||0||0||0|
|Tamil National People's Front5||7,544||0.09%||0||0||0|
|Democratic People's Liberation Front||6,036||0.08%||0||0||0|
|Sri Lanka National Front||5,313||0.07%||0||0||0|
|Source: Department of Elections, Sri Lanka
1. The EPDP contested separately in Vanni and with the United People's Freedom Alliance in all other districts.
2. The UCPF contested separately in Badulla and Nuwara Eliya, and with the United People's Freedom Alliance in all other districts.
3. The UNF contested under the name and symbol of United National Party.
4. The TNA contested under the name and symbol of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi.
5. The TNPF contested under the name and symbol of All Ceylon Tamil Congress.
Past elections and Referendums
- Department of Elections
- Adam Carr's Election Archive
- www.Srilankanelections.com - A website featuring Sri Lankan elections and results.
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