Kiriella Electoral District

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Kiriella electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and July 1977. The district was named after the town of Kiriella in Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa 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] Kiriella electoral district was replaced by the Ratnapura multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the proportional representation system.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Independent    Sri Lanka Freedom Party    United National Party    Lanka Sama Samaja Party  

Election Member Party Term
1947 Florence Senanayake LSSP 1947-52
1952 A. E. B. Kiriella UNP 1952-1956
1956 Kusumasiri Gunawardena VLSSP 1956-1960
1960 (March) A. E. B. Kiriella UNP 1960
1960 (July) P. B. Wijayasundara LSSP 1960-1965
1965 1965-1970
1970 Vasudeva Nanayakkara 1970-1977

Elections[edit]

1947 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 1st parliamentary election held between 23 August 1947 and 20 September 1947:[2]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Florence Senanayake Lanka Sama Samaja Party Umbrella 5,535 35.52
T. K. W. Chandrasekera United National Party Butterfly 3,294 21.14
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Tree 2,439 15.65
H. A. G. Kalatuwawa Independent Pineapple 2,428 15.58
B. S. Ramachandra Independent Scales 1,120 7.19
A. M. S. L. Patani Muhandiram Chair 366 2.35
Valid Votes 15,182 97.44
Rejected Votes 399 2.56
Total Polled 15,581 100.00
Registered Electors 30,307
Turnout 51.41

1952 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Chair 9,978 47.99
Jayaweera Kuruppu Sri Lanka Freedom Party Umbrella 7,369 35.44
Florence Senanayake Lanka Sama Samaja Party Star 3,192 15.35
Valid Votes 20,539 98.79
Rejected Votes 251 1.21
Total Polled 20,790 100.00
Registered Electors 29,037
Turnout 69.79

1956 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Kusumasiri Gunawardena Viplavakari Lanka Sama Samaja Party Hand 16,272 68.43
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Elephant 6,309 26.53
H. Chandrapala Gunasekera Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 1,011 4.25
Valid Votes 23,592 99.22
Rejected Votes 186 0.78
Total Polled 23,778 100.00
Registered Electors 33,008
Turnout 72.04

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Elephant 6,816 32.65
P. B. Wijesundara Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 5,270 25.25
W. L. D. Jayawardena Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 4,654 22.30
Kusumasiri Gunawardena Cartwheel 3,906 18.71
H. Attanayake Independent Umbrella 131 0.63
Valid Votes 20,777 99.53
Rejected Votes 98 0.47
Total Polled 20,875 100.00
Registered Electors 26,106
Turnout 79.96

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
P. B. Wijesundara Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 10,708 53.58
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Elephant 8,230 41.18
D. C. P. Beneragama Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Cartwheel 984 4.92
Valid Votes 19,922 99.67
Rejected Votes 65 0.33
Total Polled 19,987 100.00
Registered Electors 26,106
Turnout 76.56

1965 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
P. B. Wijayasundara Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 13,887 51.20
A. E. B. Kiriella United National Party Elephant 11,620 42.84
H. A. Premaratne Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Cartwheel 1,167 4.30
U. D. Kulasinghe Sun 334 1.23
Valid Votes 27,008 99.58
Rejected Votes 115 0.42
Total Polled 27,123 100.00
Registered Electors 32,011
Turnout 84.73

1970 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

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

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Vasudeva Nanayakkara Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 19,158 58.72
Leonard Kiriella United National Party Elephant 12,975 39.77
A. E. B. Kiriella Independent Chair 300 0.92
Arthur Daundasekera Samajawadi Mahajana Peramuna Bell 153 0.47
Valid Votes 32,586 99.88
Rejected Votes 39 0.12
Total Polled 32,625 100.00
Registered Electors 36,789
Turnout 88.68

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election March 1960" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election July 1960" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 October 2017.