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.

Latest elections[edit]

2019 Presidential election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election[2]
Candidate Party Votes %
Gotabaya Rajapaksa   Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna 6,924,255 52.25%
Sajith Premadasa   New Democratic Front 5,564,239 41.99%
Anura Kumara Dissanayaka   National Movement for People's Power 418,553 3.16%
Mahesh Senanayake National People's Party 49,655 0.37%
M. L. A. M. Hizbullah   Independent 38,814 0.29%
Ariyawansa Dissanayake Democratic United National Front 34,537 0.26%
Ajantha Perera Socialist Party of Sri Lanka 27,572 0.21%
Rohan Pallewatte National Development Front 25,173 0.19%
Siripala Amarasinghe   Independent 15,285 0.12%
Milroy Fernando   Independent 13,641 0.10%
M. K. Shivajilingam   Independent 12,256 0.09%
Battaramulle Seelarathana Jana Setha Peramuna 11,879 0.09%
Ajantha de Zoysa Ruhunu Janatha Peramuna 11,705 0.09%
Anuruddha Polgampola   Independent 10,219 0.08%
Namal Rajapaksa   National Unity Alliance 9,497 0.07%
Jayantha Ketagoda   Independent 9,467 0.07%
Duminda Nagamuwa   Frontline Socialist Party 8,219 0.06%
Aparekke Punnananda   Independent 7,611 0.06%
Subramanium Gunaratnam Our National Front 7,333 0.06%
A. S. P. Liyanage Sri Lanka Labour Party 6,447 0.05%
Piyasiri Wijenayake   Independent 4,636 0.04%
Aruna de Zoysa Democratic National Movement 4,218 0.03%
Rajiva Wijesinha   Independent 4,146 0.03%
Illiyas Idroos Mohamed   Independent 3,987 0.03%
Siritunga Jayasuriya   United Socialist Party 3,944 0.03%
Sarath Keerthirathna   Independent 3,599 0.03%
Sarath Manamendra New Sinhala Heritage 3,380 0.03%
Pani Wijesiriwardene   Socialist Equality Party 3,014 0.02%
Ashoka Wadigamangawa   Independent 2,924 0.02%
A. H. M. Alavi   Independent 2,903 0.02%
Saman Perera Our Power of People Party 2,368 0.02%
Priyantha Edirisinghe Okkoma Wesiyo Okkoma Rajawaru Sanwidhanaya 2,139 0.02%
Samaraweera Weerawanni   Independent 2,067 0.02%
Bedde Gamage Nandimithra   Nava Sama Samaja Party 1,841 0.01%
Samansiri Herath   Independent 976 0.01%
Valid Votes 13,252,499 100.00%
Rejected Votes 135,452 1.01%
Total Polled 13,387,951 83.72%
Registered Electors 15,992,096


2020 Parliamentary election[edit]

Summary of the 2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary election[3][4][5]
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
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Election for President
  2. ^ "Presidential Election - 2019: Final Result - All Island". news.lk. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Department of Government Information. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "2020 Sri Lankan Parliamentary Elections". Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Election 2020". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  5. ^ "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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