Posted on 17 August 2015 by admin

Colombo, Sri Lanka – 8/18/2015 – 7:22 am.

As at 7:22am on Tuesday, August 18, final results of a few electorates including Hambantota shows UPFA leading with 9 seats with UNP – 6 seats; ITAK – 5 seats; and JVP & EPDP – with 1-seat each. The results of numerous polling stations are coming in at regular intervals. At as this time, UPFA leads with 43.80% followed closely by UNP with 42.27%; ITAK at 6.17% and JVP at 5.19%.

Interestingly, UNP is leading in the north-east districts while UPFA leads the southern districts. Kurunegala district which has been labelled a "hot seat" has voted 50.73% for UPFA while 44.67% voted for the UNP as at time of posting this article.





SRI LANKA: Over 15 million voters from 22 electoral districts to elect 225 MPs on Monday, August 17

Posted on 15 August 2015 by admin


Over 15 million voters across 22 electoral districts will go to the polls tomorrow to elect 225 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the country’s 15th General election since 1947. The Colombo District will return the largest for a single district with 19 MPs, while Tricomalee will return the lowest number of 4 MPs.

Postal voting underway in Puttalam last week. Pic by Hiran Priyankara

Colombo -19 MPs -1,586,598 registered voters -15 polling divisions namely: Colombo North, Colombo Central, Borella, Colombo East, Colombo West, Dehiwela, Ratmalana, Kolonnawa, Kotte, Kaduwela, Avissawella, Homagama, Maharagama, Kesbewa and Moratuwa.

Gampaha – 18 MPs – 1,637,537 registered voters – 13 polling divisions namely: Wattala, Negombo, Katana, Divulapitiya, Mirigama, Minuwangoda, Attanagalla, Gampaha, Ja-ela, Mahara, Dompe, Biyagama and Kelaniya

Katutara – 10 MPs – 897,349 registered voters – 8 polling divisions namely: Panadura, Kalutara, Bandaragama, Horana, Bulathsinhala, Matugama, Beruwela and Agalawatte.

(Kandy) Mahanuwara – 10 MPs – 1,049,160 registered voters – 13 polling divisions namely: Galagedara, Harispattuwa, Patha-dumbara, Uda-dumbara, Teldeniya, Kundasale, Hewaheta, Senkadagala, Mahanuwara, Yatinuwara, Udunuwara, Gampola and Nawalapitiya.

Matale – 5 MPs – 379,675 registered voters – 4 polling divisions namely: Dambulla, Laggala, Matale and Rattota.

Nuwara Eliya – 8 MPs -534,150 registered voters – 4 polling divisions namely: Nuwara Eliya-Maskeliya, Walapane, Hanguranketa and Kotmale.

Galle – 10 MPs -819, 666 registered voters – 10 polling divisions namely: Balapitiya, Ambalangoda, Karandeniya, Bentara-Elpitiya, Hiniduma, Baddegama, Ratgama, Galle, Akmeemana and Habaraduwa.

Matara – 8 MPs – 623, 818 registered voters – 7 polling divisions namely:
Deniyaya, Hakmana, Akuressa, Kamburupitiya, Devinuwara, Matara and Weligama.

Hambantota – 7 MPs – 462, 911 registered voters – 4 polling divisions namely: Mulkirigala, Beliatta, Tangalle and Tissamaharama.

Jaffna – 7 MPs – 529,239 registered voters – 11 polling divisions namely: Kayts, Vaddukkodai, Kankesanturai, Manipay, Kopay, Udupiddy, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri, Nallur, Jaffna and Kilinochchi.

Wanni – 6 MPs -253,058 registered voters – 3 polling divisions namely: Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu.

Batticaloa – 5 MPs – 365,167 registered voters – 3 polling divisions namely: Kalkudah, Batticaloa and Padiruppu.
Postal voting 9,842 applications.

Digamadulla – 7 MPs – 465,757 registered voters – 4 polling divisions namely: Ampara, Sammanturai, Potuvil and Kalmunai.
More than 20,000 voters eligible to cast postal votes.

Trincomalee – 4 MPs -256,852 registered voters – 3 polling divisions namely: Seruwila, Trincomalee and Mutur.
11,451 applications for postal votes, of which 387 were rejected.

Kurunegala – 15 MPs – 1,266,443 registered voters- 14 polling divisions namely: Galgamuwa, Nikaweratiya, Yapahuwa, Hiriyala, Wariyapola, Panduwasnuwara, Bingiriya, Katugampola, Kuliyapitiya, Dambadeniya, Polgahawela, Kurunegala, Mawathagama, and Dodangaslanda.

Puttalam – 8 MPs – 553, 009 registered voters – 5 polling divisions namely: Puttalam, Anamaduwa, Chilaw, Nattandiya and Wennappuwa

Anuradhapura – 9 MPs – 636,733 registered voters – 6 polling divisions namely: Horowupotana, Anuradhapura-east,Anuradhapura-west, Kalawewa, Mihintale and Kekirawa.

Polonnaruwa – 5 MPs – 307,125 registered voters – 3 polling divisions namely: Minneriya, Medirigiriya and Polonnaruwa.

Badulla -8 MPs – 620,486 registered voters – 9 polling divisions namely:
Mahiyangane, Wiyaluwa, Passara, Badulla, Hali-ela, Uva-paranagama, Welimada, Bandarawela and Haputale.

Moneragala- 5 MPs – 339,797 registered voters – 3 polling divisions namely: Bibile, Moneragala and Wellawaya

Ratnapura – 11 MPs – 810,082 registered voters – 8 polling divisions namely: Eheliyagoda, Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Balangoda, Rakwana, Nivitigala, Kalawana and Kolonna.

Kegalle – 9 MPs – 649,878 registered voters – 9 polling divisions namely: Dedigama, Galigamuwa, Kegalle, Rambukkana, Mawanella, Aranayake, Yatiyantota, Ruwanwella and Deraniyagala.

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Analysis of hotly contested electoral districts – Sri Lanka Elections

Posted on 18 July 2015 by admin

The stage is set for a hotly contested election next month with some 500 parties and groups vying for 196 seats through an interesting mix of seasoned politicians and novices.In the Colombo District, which will return 19 MPs, the competition is stiff, with political heavyweights from all sides listed on the ballot paper.

Those contesting in Colombo include the leader of the United National Party (UNP) and outgoing prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, Democratic Party (DP) leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as well as leading figures Champika Ranawaka and Hirunika Premachandra who joined the UNP recently, while several former ministers of the Unkited People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will also contest from Colombo.

In the Gampaha District, several seasoned politicians are in the fray with the UNP group being led by veteran politician John Amaratunga while the UPFA group will be led by Felix Perera. Two prominent JVP members, MPs Vijitha Herath, the party’s Propaganda Secretary, and Bimal Ratnayaka will contest from the district.

In the Kalutara District, MP Ajith Perera heads the UNP team which includes Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who crossed over from the UPFA recently. The UPFA candidates include heavyweights Kumar Welgama, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Rohitha Abeywardena.

The Chief Minister of the Western Province, Prasannna Ranatunga, will contest on the UPFA ticket while well-known film actor Ranjan Ramanayaka, who previously contested from the Ratnapura District, will this time contest from Gampaha.

The most closely followed election contest will be in the Kurunegala District where former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest for a seat from among 15 MPs who will be returned from the area. The UPFA Kurunegala District group is a formidable one that includes several former ministers including Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Johnston Fernando, T.B. Ekanayaka and Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera.

Full of enthusiasm: District leaders of the main parties and other frontrunners were in a jubilant mood on nomination day. Pix by Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk and Sarath Siriwardene

The UNP will be led in Kurunegala by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariawasam while S.B. Nawinna, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Asoka Abeysinghe and Nalin Bandara too will contest. The JVP group in the list is led by former parliamentarian Namal Karunaratne.

In the Puttalam District, the UNP list is headed by Niroshan Perera while Milroy Fernando heads the UPFA list and Ajith Fernando the JVP list. In the Galle District, the UNP will be led by Vajira Abeywardena and the UPFA list by Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody. The JVP group will be led by Provincial Council member Nalin Hewage.

In the Matara District too, several prominent members on all sides are in the fray with the UNP group led by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, while the UPFA list is led by Dulles Allahaperuma. The JVP too will have a strong presence here with former MP Sunil Handunnetti contesting as group leader.

In the Hambantota District a striking feature is the face-off between the sons of two former presidents, Sajith Premadasa, the son of late president, Ranasinghe Premadasa, and Namal Rajapaksa, some of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Another persons who made the UPFA’ s Hambantota list is the area’s former mayor, Eraj Fernando, who gained countrywide notoriety for brandishing a pistol at a group of UNP MPs who were touring Mattala Airport.
In the Anuradhapura District, the UNP group will be led by Chandrani Bandara, the UPFA by Duminda Dissanayake and the JVP by Wasantha Samarasinghe.

In the Polonnaruwa District, the UNP group will include Wasantha Senanayake, while the UPFA list is led by Siripala Gamlath. In the Badulla District, the UNP group is led by Chief Minister Harin Fernando and the UPFA by former minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The JVP group in Badulla will be led by MP Samantha Vidyaratne.

In the Moneragala district, the UNP group leader is Ranjith Maddumabandara while the UPFA list is headed by Sumedha Jayasena and the JVP list by R.M. Jayawardena. In the Trincomalee District, A.S. Thaufik leads the UNP group while the UPFA is led by Susantha Punchinilame. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will be led by its parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan while the EPDPs group leader there is Rasia Jayamohanrasa.

While in the Batticaloa District the UNP ís led by S.S. Ameer Ali and the UPFA by M.l.A.M. Hisbullah, the SLMC group in the district is led by S. Ali Saagir Mawlana and the TNA by G. Selvarasa. The Batticaloa District has the largest number of independent groups contesting the election – a total of 30.

In Digamadulla the UNP group leader is Daya Gamage while the UPFA listed is headed by former minister A.L.M. Athaullah. Digamadulle Kumara leads the JVP group. In the Kegalle District, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim leads the party while the UPFA is led by former minister Athauda Seneviratne. The JVP group leader in the district is Gamini Rathnayake.

In the Ratnapura District, Talata Atukorala leads the UNP list while Johan Seneviratne and Vasudeva Nanayakkaara will contest for the UPFA. The JVP list includes Shantha Padmakumara.In the Nuwara Eliya District, the UNP group will be led by Naveen Dissanayake while the UPFA list will include C.B. Ratnayaka. The Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC), which is contesting with the UPFA here, has fielded candidates including its leader, Arumugam Thondaman.

In the Mahanuwara District, Lakshman Kiriella is the UNP group leader while Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem will contest with the UNP. The UPFA Mahanuwara District group leader is S.B. Dissanayaka and others on the list include Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Keheliya Rambukwella. Anuradha Jayaratne, the son of former prime minister, D.M.Jayaratne, is also on the UPFA ticket. The JVP group leader is Gayan Janaka Kumara.

In the Matale District, the UNP group is led by Wasantha Aluvihare, while the UPFA list includes Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and Lakshman Wasantha Perera. Gamagedera Dissanayaka will lead the JVP team.

In the Jaffna District, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah is the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) group leader while other candidates include former MP M.A. Sumanthiran.The UNP list is headed by Vijaykala Maheswaran while the UPFA group in Jaffna is led by Angajan Ramanathan. The presence of an independent group of former LTTE cadre contesting the Jaffna district is a notable feature.

In the Wanni District, the ITAK group is headed by former MP Selvam Adakkalinathan while the UNP group is led by Risad Badhiutheen. The UPFA in Wanni is led by Premaratne Sumathipala.

Website to check whether your name is registered
The Elections Department has provided facilities for voters to check whether their names are included in the electoral register.
The Department will be using the 2014 electoral register for the August 17 Parliamentary elections.
Voters can visit the following website and enter the National Identity card number and district of registration to check if the name is included in the list.



6151 candidates let loose on voters
A total of 6,151 candidates representing political parties as well as from independent groups will contest for the 196 seats in parliament on August 17. Altogether, 537 political parties and independent groups fielded nominations with the Elections Department which rejected 36 of them due to faults in the nomination papers.Of candidates who are vying for a seat in the legislature, 3,653 represent political parties while 2,498 are from independent groups.

Family seats, Sri Lankan style
Several interesting combinations including family members are contesting the polls. Three members of the Rajapaksa family will contest from the Hambantota District including former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Nirupama Rajapaksa, while former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest from Kurunegala.In the Gampaha District, three brothers will vie for seats: Arjuna Ranatunga for the UNP and Prasanna and Sanjeewa Ranatunga for the UPFA. In the Matale District, the UNP ticket has two brothers, Wasantha and Ranjith Aluvihare, and two sisters, Rohini and Manel Wijeratne.The father and son duo Dr. Rajitha Senaratna and Chatura Seneratne will contest Kalutara and Gampaha respectively from the UNP. Daya Gamage will contest from the Digamadulla District on the UNP ticket while his wife, Anoma Gamage’s name has been included in the party’s National List.


Two former newspaper editors plan to formally enter politics – former Uthayan editor Nadesapillai Vidyatharan in Jaffna as an Independent and V. Devarajah of the weekly Virakesari in Badulla on the CWC ticket.
Three provincial chief ministers, Prasanna Ranatunga (UPFA-WP), Harin Fernando (UNP-Uva) and Dayasiri Jayasekera (UPFA-North Western Province) are standing for seats in the national parliament.


 Courtesy: Sunday Times of 19JULY 2015.




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Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena wins Sri Lanka Presidential Elections comfortably

Posted on 09 January 2015 by admin

Stand up and be Counted! This is what the People of Sri Lanka did at the Jan. 8th Presidential Elections. The people wanted change and they voted for it.

Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena won the Sri Lanka Presidential Elections by a substantial majority. Besides the victor, the other architects of the resounding win were former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Opposition Leader and UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe. It was a coalition of the original SLFP, UNP, TNA and allied parties. All came together for a common cause. And, the result was an unequivocal win that surprised many. The new President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Hon. Rani Wickramasinghe have been sworn in already. Next comes the dissolution of parliament and a call for General Election. The logistics of managing all this will be enormous but needs to be done in the next 60-days or so.

We must thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa for providing leadership to Sri Lanka and eliminating the terrorist element from the face of the earth in our island nation. The people of Sri Lanka shall always remember the historical leadership role played by President Rajapaksa in strategically freeing the country as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. He ended the civil war and earned a place in the annals of history and the people of Sri Lanka will always salute him for this. There is life after politics – many great American Presidents have found this to be true. My wish is for Mr. Rajapaksa is to enjoy life with his family devoid of the burden of safeguarding the blackguards who destroyed his image. I wish him well.

President Maithripala Sirisena has a huge task ahead of him. He does not have the dynamism and political background as that of his predecessor. But there is always a first time. Just take for example when Hon. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the wife of slain Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike had her baptism to politics and thrown into the ring as the new PM. She did a remarkable job (under the circumstances) just like US President Ronald Reagan, a movie star did. Both assembled a good steady team.

We wish President MS well as he takes on a leadership role that is new to him. My only wish for the new president is that he must care for the people of Sri Lanka as one and work together with all ethnic minorities be it Muslims, Burghers, Tamils, Malays and others irrespective of class, caste, creed or religion. We would like to see Sri Lanka back to the sixties where we respected each other irrespective of ethnic origin or religion. Lets treat all as equals, have compassion on the needy and live with each other in a spirit of camaraderie and goodwill. Sri Lanka belongs to all its people and not only to a few.

As mature politicians, it is best to put the past behind and work towards building a great future for all Sri Lankans and take country to its full potential.

EC declares Maithree Sirisena as new President 2015-01-09 12:35:49 Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka a short while ago. Making the official declaration in terms of the powers vested in him by the Constitution, Deshapriya said that Mr. Sirisena obtained a majority of 51.28% votes, and is therefore the new President of the country. Addressing the media and the candidates, at the Elections Department, he thanked the outgoing President for ensuring a peaceful election and a transfer of power thereafter.

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2014 Elections: Western & Southern Provincial Elections

Posted on 29 March 2014 by admin

All preparations have been made for the Western and Southern Provincial council elections with ballot boxes and documents required for the election being transported this morning. In addition, election officials have reported to their respective polling centres. About 2 million 908 thousand 418 voters are eligible to vote in the two provinces at tomorrow’s Western and Southern provincial council elections. There are 3,794 candidates contesting for 155 councillor positions representing 24 political parties and 42 independent groups.

Polling will be held at 4,253 centres where 70,000 government officers and 37,000 police officers have been assigned on election duty. 18 political parties and 15 independence groups handed over nominations for the Colombo district. The highest number of candidates amounting to 1 thousand 247 will contest for the Colombo district, and 40 members out of the total will be elected for the district. 14 political parties and 10 independence groups have handed over nominations for the Kalutara district. 550 candidates will contest the election and 22 will be elected to represent Kalutara district in the Western Provincial Council.

Thirteen registered political parties and 9 independence groups will be contesting for the Gampaha district and 946 candidates will contest from the district for its 40 seats in the Western Provincial Council. 450 candidates from 14 political parties and 4 independence groups have given nominations for the Galle district. Among them, 22 members will be elected to represent the district in the Southern Provincial council. 380 candidates from 14 political parties and 5 independence groups will contest from the Matara district and 17 members will be elected to represent the district in the Southern Provincial Council. 221 candidates from 9 political parties and 4 independence groups have handed over nominations for the Hambantota district. 14 members among them will be elected to the Southern Provincial Council.

Courtesy: Sri Lanka Mirror

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