Nallur Electoral District

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Nallur Electoral District was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between March 1960 and February 1989. The district was named after the town of Nallur in Jaffna District, Northern Province. The district was carved out of the eastern part of Jaffna Electoral District in March 1960. 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] Nallur electoral district was replaced by the Jaffna multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the PR system, though Nallur continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Key

 Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi    All Ceylon Tamil Congress    Tamil United Liberation Front  

Election Member Party Term
1960 (March) E. M. V. Naganathan Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi 1960-1960
1960 (July) 1960-1965
1965 1965-1970
1970 C. Arulampalam All Ceylon Tamil Congress 1970-1977
1977 M. Sivasithamparam Tamil United Liberation Front 1977-1989

Elections[edit]

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 4th parliamentary election held on 19 March 1960:[2]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
  E. M. V. Naganathan Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi[3] House 9,651 49.24%
  C. Arulampalam All Ceylon Tamil Congress Bicycle 6,808 34.73%
  A. Thurairajasingam Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 1,870 9.54%
  M. Karthigesan Communist Party Star 757 3.86%
Chelvarayan Manmatharayan Sun 291 1.48%
Sinnappu Sinnadurai Ladder 224 1.14%
Valid Votes 19,601 100.00%
Rejected Votes 166
Total Polled 19,767
Registered Electors 26,966
Turnout 73.30%

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 5th parliamentary election held on 20 July 1960:[4]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
  E. M. V. Naganathan Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi[3] House 11,728 65.44%
  C. Arulampalam All Ceylon Tamil Congress Chair 6,195 34.56%
Valid Votes 17,923 100.00%
Rejected Votes 142
Total Polled 18,065
Registered Electors 26,966
Turnout 66.99%

1965 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 6th parliamentary election held on 22 March 1965:[5]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
  E. M. V. Naganathan Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi[3] House 10,301 45.04%
  C. Arulampalam All Ceylon Tamil Congress Bicycle 9,860 43.11%
  Arulambalam Visuvanathan Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 2,709 11.85%
Valid Votes 22,870 100.00%
Rejected Votes 86
Total Polled 22,956
Registered Electors 31,864
Turnout 72.04%

1970 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 7th parliamentary election held on 27 May 1970:[6]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
  C. Arulampalam All Ceylon Tamil Congress Bicycle 13,116 46.78%
  E. M. V. Naganathan Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi[3] House 12,508 44.61%
A. Ratnam Pair of Scales 1,593 5.68%
  V. Satchithanandam Lanka Sama Samaja Party Key 484 1.73%
C. Thanabalasingham Cockerel 223 0.80%
S. Srinivasan Independent Umbrella 114 0.41%
Valid Votes 28,038 100.00%
Rejected Votes 92
Total Polled 28,130
Registered Electors 35,747
Turnout 78.69%

C. Arulampalam defected to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

1977 Parliamentary General Election[edit]

Results of the 8th parliamentary election held on 21 July 1977:[7]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
  M. Sivasithamparam Tamil United Liberation Front Sun 29,858 89.42%
K. Ramanathan Independent Omnibus 1,721 5.15%
  C. Arulampalam Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 1,042 3.12%
Rajah Rajeswaram Thangarajah Independent Pair of Scales 667 2.00%
Sivakolunthu Subramaniuam Independent Umbrella 104 0.31%
Valid Votes 33,392 100.00%
Rejected Votes 137
Total Polled 33,529
Registered Electors 40,205
Turnout 83.40%

M. Sivasithamparam and all other TULF MPs boycotted Parliament from the middle of 1983 for a number of reasons: they were under pressure from Sri Lankan Tamil militants not to stay in Parliament beyond their normal six-year term; the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka required them to swear an oath unconditionally renouncing support for a separate state; and the Black July riots in which up to 3,000 Tamils were murdered by Sinhalese mobs. After three months of absence, Sivasithamparam forfeited his seat in Parliament on 22 October 1983.[8]

References & footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  3. ^ a b c d Also known as the Federal Party
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  8. ^ Wickramasinghe, Wimal (18 January 2008). "Saga of crossovers, expulsions and resignations etc. Referendum for extention [sic] of Parliament". The Island, Sri Lanka.