Elections in Sri Lanka

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Elections in Sri Lanka gives information on election and election results in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. Sri Lanka has a multi party system, with two dominant political parties. All elections are administered by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka.

President[edit]

The president is directly elected for a five-year term, through a version of Instant-runoff voting in which electors rank up to three candidates, and limited to only two rounds in total. If no candidate wins a majority in the first round of voting, second and third preferences from ballots whose first preference candidate has been eliminated are used to determine the winner.[1] However, there has never been an instance where a "run-off" count has been needed since the introduction of directly elected president in the 1980s, as a candidate reached 50% in the first count in all elections.

Parliament[edit]

The Parliament has 225 members, elected for a five-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.

Local Government[edit]

The Local government bodies in Sri Lanka;

are elected through the mixed electoral system.

Latest elections[edit]

2019 presidential election[edit]

CandidatePartyVotes%
Gotabaya RajapaksaSri Lanka Podujana Peramuna6,924,25552.25
Sajith PremadasaNew Democratic Front5,564,23941.99
Anura Kumara DissanayakaNational Movement for People's Power418,5533.16
Mahesh SenanayakeNational People's Party49,6550.37
M. L. A. M. HizbullahIndependent38,8140.29
Ariyawansa DissanayakeDemocratic United National Front34,5370.26
Ajantha PereraSocialist Party of Sri Lanka27,5720.21
Rohan PallewatteNational Development Front25,1730.19
Siripala AmarasingheIndependent15,2850.12
Milroy FernandoIndependent13,6410.10
M. K. ShivajilingamIndependent12,2560.09
Battaramulle SeelarathanaJana Setha Peramuna11,8790.09
Ajantha de ZoysaRuhunu Janatha Peramuna11,7050.09
Anuruddha PolgampolaIndependent10,2190.08
Namal RajapaksaNational Unity Alliance9,4970.07
Jayantha KetagodaIndependent9,4670.07
Duminda NagamuwaFrontline Socialist Party8,2190.06
Aparekke PunnanandaIndependent7,6110.06
Subramanium GunaratnamOur National Front7,3330.06
A. S. P. LiyanageSri Lanka Labour Party6,4470.05
Piyasiri WijenayakeIndependent4,6360.03
Aruna de ZoysaDemocratic National Movement4,2180.03
Rajiva WijesinhaIndependent4,1460.03
Illiyas Idroos MohamedIndependent3,9870.03
Siritunga JayasuriyaUnited Socialist Party3,9440.03
Sarath KeerthirathnaIndependent3,5990.03
Sarath ManamendraNew Sinhala Heritage3,3800.03
Pani WijesiriwardeneSocialist Equality Party3,0140.02
Ashoka WadigamangawaIndependent2,9240.02
A. H. M. AlaviIndependent2,9030.02
Saman PereraOur Power of People Party2,3680.02
Priyantha EdirisingheOkkoma Wesiyo Okkoma Rajawaru Sanwidhanaya2,1390.02
Samaraweera WeerawanniIndependent2,0670.02
Bedde Gamage NandimithraNava Sama Samaja Party1,8410.01
Samansiri HerathIndependent9760.01
Total13,252,499100.00
Valid votes13,252,49998.99
Invalid/blank votes135,4521.01
Total votes13,387,951100.00
Registered voters/turnout15,992,09683.72
Source: Election Commission

2020 Parliamentary election[edit]

Summary of the 2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary election[2][3][4]
Alliances and parties Votes % Seats
District National Total
  6,853,690 59.09% 128 17 145
  2,771,980 23.90% 47 7 54
  327,168 2.82% 9 1 10
  445,958 3.84% 2 1 3
  67,766 0.58% 1 1 2
  Eelam People's Democratic Party 61,464 0.53% 2 0 2
  United National Party (Ranil wing) 249,435 2.15% 0 1 1
Our Power of People's Party
67,758 0.58% 0 1 1
Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal 67,692 0.58% 1 0 1
  Sri Lanka Freedom Party[iv] 66,579 0.57% 1 0 1
Muslim National Alliance 55,981 0.48% 1 0 1
  51,301 0.44% 1 0 1
  All Ceylon Makkal Congress[vi] 43,319 0.37% 1 0 1
  National Congress[i] 39,272 0.34% 1 0 1
  Sri Lanka Muslim Congress[vii] 34,428 0.30% 1 0 1
  Independents 223,622 1.93% 0 0 0
United Peace Alliance 31,054 0.27% 0 0 0
All Lanka Tamil Mahasabha 30,031 0.26% 0 0 0
National Development Front 14,686 0.13% 0 0 0
  Frontline Socialist Party 14,522 0.13% 0 0 0
Social Democratic Party of Tamils 11,464 0.10% 0 0 0
  Tamil United Liberation Front 9,855 0.08% 0 0 0
Socialist Party of Sri Lanka 9,368 0.08% 0 0 0
People's Welfare Front 7,361 0.06% 0 0 0
Sinhalese National Front 5,056 0.04% 0 0 0
  New Democratic Front 4,883 0.04% 0 0 0
United Left Front 4,879 0.04% 0 0 0
Liberal Party of Sri Lanka 4,345 0.04% 0 0 0
National People's Party 3,813 0.03% 0 0 0
Democratic United National Front 3,611 0.03% 0 0 0
National Democratic Front 3,488 0.03% 0 0 0
Sri Lanka Labour Party 3,134 0.03% 0 0 0
  Democratic Left Front 2,964 0.03% 0 0 0
New Sinhala Heritage 1,397 0.01% 0 0 0
  United Socialist Party 1,189 0.01% 0 0 0
Motherland People's Party 1,087 0.01% 0 0 0
  Eelavar Democratic Front 1,035 0.01% 0 0 0
  Socialist Equality Party 780 0.01% 0 0 0
  Lanka Sama Samaja Party[iii] 737 0.01% 0 0 0
All Are Citizens All Are Kings Organization 632 0.01% 0 0 0
  Democratic Unity Alliance 145 0.00% 0 0 0
Valid Votes 11,598,929 100.00% 196 29 225
Rejected Votes 744,373 6.03%
Total Polled 12,343,302 75.89%
Registered Electors 16,263,885
Footnotes:
    1. ^ a b The NC contested separately in two districts (Ampara and Polonnaruwa) and with the SLPFA in other districts.
    2. ^ The DLF contested separately in two districts (Jaffna and Vanni) and with the SLPFA in other districts.
    3. ^ a b The LSSP contested separately in one district (Jaffna) and with the SLPFA in other districts.
    4. ^ a b The SLFP contested separately in three districts (Jaffna, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya) and with the SLPFA in other districts.
    5. ^ The SLPFA contested under the name and symbol of SLPP.
    6. ^ a b The ACMC contested separately in one district (Ampara) and with the SJB in other districts.
    7. ^ a b The SLMC contested separately in one district (Batticaloa) and with the SJB in other districts.
    8. ^ The TNA contested under the name and symbol of ITAK.
    9. ^ The TNPF contested under the name and symbol of ACTC.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Election for President
  2. ^ "2020 Sri Lankan Parliamentary Elections". Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Election 2020". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Official Election Results Parliamentary Election - 2020 - Sri Lanka". news.lk. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Department of Government Information. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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