Colombo Central Electoral District

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Colombo Central electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and February 1989. The district was named after the city of Colombo in Colombo District, Western Province. The district was one of three multi-member constituencies, with three members, the others were Balangoda and Kadugannawa.[1]was a three-member constituency. The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka introduced the proportional representation electoral system for electing members of Parliament. The existing 160 mainly single-member electoral districts were replaced with 22 multi-member electoral districts.[2] Colombo Central electoral district was replaced by the Colombo multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the PR system, though Colombo Central continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Communist Party of Ceylon    Sri Lanka Freedom Party    United National Party    Sri Lanka Labour Party  

Election Member 1 Party Term Member 2 Party Term Member 3 Party Term
1947 A. E. Goonesinha Labour Party 1947-1952 T.B. Jayah UNP 1947-1952 Pieter Keuneman CPC 1947-1977
1952 M. C. M. Kaleel UNP 1952-1960 Razik Fareed UNP 1952-1960
1956 M. S. Themis
1960 (March) M. C. M. Kaleel UNP 1960-1965 Ranasinghe Premadasa UNP 1960
1960 (July) Razik Fareed UNP 1960-1965
1965 Falil Caffoor UNP 1965-1977 Ranasinghe Premadasa UNP 1965-1989
1970
1977 M. Jabir A. Cader UNP 1977-1989 Haleem Ishak SLFP 1977-1989

Elections[edit]

1947 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 1st parliamentary election held between 23 August 1947 and 20 September 1947 for the district:[3]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
A. E. Goonesinha Labour Party Bicycle 23,470 22.84
T. B. Jayah United National Party Cartwheel 18,439 17.94
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Umbrella 15,435 15.02
M. H. M. Munas House 8,600 8.37
Ayisha Rauff Independent Tree 8,486 8.26
V. J. Perera Elephant 5,950 5.79
V.A. Sugathadasa United National Party Lamp 4,898 4.77
G.W. Harry de Silva Scales 4,141 4.03
V. A. Kandiah Clock 3,391 3.30
S. Sarawanamuttu Chair 2,951 2.87
P. Givendrasingha Hand 1,569 1.53
K. Dahanayake Cup 997 0.97
K. Weeraiah Key 352 0.34
K. C. F. Deen Star 345 0.34
N. R. Perera Butterfly 259 0.25
Valid Votes 99,283 96.61
Rejected Votes 3,489 3.39
Total Polled 102,772 100.00
Registered Electors 55,994
Turnout 183.54

1950 Parliamentary by-election[edit]

Following the resignation of Tuan Burhanudeen Jayah a parliamentary by-election for his seat was held on 6 May 1950:[4]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
M. C. M. Kaleel United National Party House 14,796 46.85
S. A. Wickremasinghe Communist Party Umbrella 12,501 39.59
M. S. Abubaker Elephant 2,768 3.90
Ayisha Rauf Star 1,232 17.74%
Valid Votes 31,297 99.11
Rejected Votes 282 0.89
Total Polled 31,579 100
Registered Electors 55,994
Turnout 56.40

1952 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 2nd parliamentary election held between 24 May 1952 and 30 May 1952 for the district:[5]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Umbrella 32,346 27.28%
M. C. M. Kaleel United National Party House 25,647 21.63%
Razik Fareed United National Party Key 24,911 21.01%
A. E. Goonesinha Labour Party Bicycle 19,843 16.74%
P. de S. Kularatne Sri Lanka Freedom Party Elephant 14,556 12.28%
Piyaseela Givendrasingha Hand 751 0.63%
H.L. Perera Star 517 0.44%
Valid Votes 118,570 100.00%
Rejected Votes 4,217
Total Polled 122,788
Registered Electors 58,400
Turnout 210.25%

1956 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 3rd parliamentary election held between 5 April 1956 and 10 April 1956 for the district:[6]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Star 45,296 30.62%
Razik Fareed United National Party Umbrella 26,512 17.92%
M. S. Themis Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Hand 20,378 13.77%
M. C. M. Kaleel United National Party Cartwheel 20,338 13.75%
V. A. Sugathadasa United National Party Elephant 18,234 12.33%
A. E. Goonesinha Labour Party Bicycle 16,678 11.27%
A. Ally Mohamood Flower 501 0.34%
Valid Votes 147,937 100.00%
Rejected Votes 3,901
Total Polled 151,838
Registered Electors 70,022
Turnout 216.84%

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 4th parliamentary election held on 19 March 1960 for the district:[7]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
M. C. M. Kaleel United National Party Pair of Spectacles 33,121 19.02%
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Star 30,574 17.56%
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party Elephant 29,828 17.13%
P.B. Thampoe Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 22,228 12.76%
Razik Fareed United National Party Umbrella 21,033 12.08%
M. S. Themis Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Cartwheel 19,093 10.96%
E. S. Ratnaweera Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 11,859 6.81%
Abdul Aziz Tree 4,635 2.66%
D. J. S. Paranayapa Lamp 414 0.24%
Vasanta Appadurai Ship 404 0.23%
Cecil Wickremasinghe Eye 397 0.23%
A. Kumarasinghe Flower 220 0.13%
Premaranjan Lokeshvara Table 171 0.10%
A. A. Mohamed Pot 166 0.10%
Valid Votes 174,143 100.00%
Rejected Votes 4,592
Total Polled 178,735
Registered Electors 74,922
Turnout 238.56%

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 5th parliamentary election held on 20 July 1960 for the district:[8]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Razik Fareed Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 45,342 25.75%
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Star 38,663 21.96%
M. C. M. Kaleel United National Party Eye 37,486 21.29%
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party Elephant 35,035 19.90%
Bala Tampoe Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 16,406 9.32%
M.S. Themis Cartwheel 3,164 1.80%
Valid Votes 176,096 100.00%
Rejected Votes 3,488
Total Polled 179,584
Registered Electors 74,922
Turnout 239.69%

1965 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 6th parliamentary election held on 22 March 1965 for the district:[9]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Falil Caffoor United National Party Chair 68,372 31.54%
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party Elephant 64,438 29.72%
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party (Moscow) Star 41,478 19.13%
M. Haleem Ishak Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 32,132 14.82%
Bala Tampoe Lamp 4,559 2.10%
D. A. Piyadasa Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Cartwheel 2,520 1.16%
N. Shanmugathasan Communist Party (Peking) Umbrella 2,427 1.12%
O. S. A. Z. Abdeen Flower 332 0.15%
Poopathy Saravanamuttu Ship 282 0.13%
R. H. Jayasekera Scales 268 0.12%
Valid Votes 216,808 100.00%
Rejected Votes 4,638
Total Polled 221,446
Registered Electors 93,468
Turnout 236.92%

1970 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 7th parliamentary election held on 27 May 1970 for the district:[10]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party Elephant 69,310 29.48%
Falil Caffoor United National Party Chair 63,624 27.06%
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Star 58,557 24.91%
M. Haleem Ishak Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 41,716 17.74%
C. Durairajah Umbrella 783 0.33%
M. Haroun Careem Bell 413 0.18%
Poopathy Saravanamuttu Ship 396 0.17%
Panangadan Raman Krishnan Scales 307 0.13%
Valid Votes 235,106 100.00%
Rejected Votes 5,491
Total Polled 240,597
Registered Electors 99,265
Turnout 242.38%

1977 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 8th parliamentary election held on 21 July 1977 for the district:[11]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party Elephant 94,128 36.32%
M. Jabir A. Cader United National Party Eye 58,972 22.76%
M. Haleem Ishak Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 53,777 20.75%
M. S. Sellasamy Ceylon Workers' Congress Cockerel 26,964 10.41%
Pieter Keuneman Communist Party Star 24,568 9.48%
W. A. Sunil Perera Chair 422 0.16%
R. Rathnasamy Flower 202 0.08%
M. T. M. Saleem Table 103 0.04%
Valid Votes 259,136 100.00%
Rejected Votes 6,660
Total Polled 265,796
Registered Electors 106,403
Turnout 249.80%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaveshaka (19 August 2007). "First parliamentary elections". Sunday Times. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  4. ^ "Results of the Parliamentary By Elections held between 1947 – 1988" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-12.
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  9. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-13.
  10. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 6°55′55″N 79°50′52″E / 6.9319°N 79.8478°E / 6.9319; 79.8478