Kalutara Electoral District (1947–1989)

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This article is about the former electoral district in Sri Lanka. For other uses, see Kalutara (disambiguation).

Kalutara electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and February 1989. The district was named after the town of Kalutara in Kalutara District, Western Province. 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.[1] Kalutara electoral district was replaced by the Kalutara multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the PR system, though Kalutara continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Independent    Lanka Sama Samaja Party    United National Party  

Election Member Party Term
1947 Cholomondeley Gunawardena Lanka Sama Samaja Party 1947-1952
1952 P. Andrew Cooray 1952-1956
1956 C. de Fonseka Gunawardena 1956-1960
1960 Cholomondeley Gunawardena 1960-1960
1960 1960-1965
1965 1965-1970
1970 1970-1977
1977 V. L. Wijemanne United National Party 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:[2]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Key 13,797 47.49%
Upali Batuwantudawa Elephant 11,827 40.71%
H. Obeysekera Cup 2,888 9.94%
T. R. P. Perera Flower 539 1.86%
Valid Votes 29,051 100.00%
Rejected Votes 575
Total Polled 29,626
Registered Electors 51,031
Turnout 58.05%

1952 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 2nd parliamentary election held between 24 May 1952 and 30 May 1952 for the district:[3]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
P. Andrew Cooray United National Party Key 11,665 33.87%
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Elephant 11,333 32.90%
Upali Batuwantudawa Star 9,914 28.78%
A. P. de Zoysa Hand 1,530 4.44%
Valid Votes 34,442 100.00%
Rejected Votes 389
Total Polled 34,831
Registered Electors 51,291
Turnout 67.91%

1956 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 3rd parliamentary election held between 5 April 1956 and 10 April 1956 for the district:[4]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
C. de Fonseka Gunawardena Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 14,659 37.83%
Upali Batuwantudawa Hand 13,536 34.94%
P. Andrew Cooray United National Party Elephant 10,551 27.23%
Valid Votes 38,746 100.00%
Rejected Votes 282
Total Polled 39,028
Registered Electors 57,930
Turnout 67.37%

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 4th parliamentary election held on 19 March 1960 for the district:[5]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Key 7,749 29.65%
V. L. Wijemanne United National Party Elephant 6,984 26.72%
Kingsley Wickremasinghe Sun 5,566 21.30%
K. W. Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 3,151 12.06%
M. P. Perera Communist Party Star 1,675 6.41%
S. D. P. Senaratne Umbrella 700 2.68%
C. E. Dalpatadu Cockerel 309 1.18%
Valid Votes 26,134 100.00%
Rejected Votes 174
Total Polled 26,308
Registered Electors 33,209
Turnout 79.22%

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 5th parliamentary election held on 20 July 1960 for the district:[6]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 14,458 57.07%
V. L. Wijemanne United National Party Elephant 10,489 41.40%
Milton Wijekulatilleke Winnow 202 0.80%
K. N. E. P. Rajakaruna Cart Wheel 184 0.73%
Valid Votes 25,333 100.00%
Rejected Votes 102
Total Polled 25,435
Registered Electors 33,209
Turnout 76.59%

1965 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 6th parliamentary election held on 22 March 1965 for the district:[7]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Key 17,705 52.76%
Kingsley Wickremasinghe United National Party Elephant 15,667 46.68%
W. Edward Samaranayake Cockerel 188 0.56%
Valid Votes 33,560 100.00%
Rejected Votes 212
Total Polled 33,772
Registered Electors 39,439
Turnout 85.63%

1970 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 7th parliamentary election held on 27 May 1970 for the district:[8]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 23,696 57.39%
V. L. Wijemanne United National Party Elephant 17,591 42.61%
Valid Votes 41,287 100.00%
Rejected Votes 90
Total Polled 41,377
Registered Electors 47,334
Turnout 87.41%

1977 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 8th parliamentary election held on 21 July 1977 for the district:[9]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
V. L. Wijemanne Elephant 26,123 54.28%
D. S. Indrapala Abeyweera Hand 11,333 23.55%
Cholomondeley Gunawardena Key 10,453 21.72%
K. W. Silva Lamp 217 0.45%
Valid Votes 48,126 100.00%
Rejected Votes 132
Total Polled 48,258
Registered Electors 54,995
Turnout 87.75%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  9. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.