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Complete list of elected candidates and number of preferences received

Aug 7 (EN) National Elections Commission has released the complete list of the elected members and the preferential votes they received. The parties are yet to nominate their National List members which will mostly be shared between the victorious SLPP and the SJB. Kalutara District SLPP: Vidura Wickramanayaka – 147958; Rohitha Abegunawrdena – 147472; Sanjeewa Edirimanne – 105973; Piyal Nishantha – 103904; more..

Two Retired military chiefs, the two Saraths top their party lists in Colombo and Gampaha

Aug 7 (EN) Two retired military officers have been elected to Parliament through rival parties, both topping their districts from their respective party lists. The two are Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka and Rear-Admiral (Rtd.) Sarath Weerasekara. Fonseka has topped the SJB list in the preferential votes for the Gampaha District. He got 110,535 votes while controversial former Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake received 103,992, Harshana Rajakaruna 73,617 & Kavinda Jayawardana more..

COVID-19 recoveries reach 2,564 as 23 more regain health

Aug 7 (AD) Twenty-three more COVID-19 infected individuals have made complete recoveries today, says the Ministry of Health. According to the situation report issued by the Epidemiology Unit, 05 patients at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), 02 at Welikada Base Hospital, 01 at Colombo East Base Hospital, 04 at the Kattankudy Base Hospital and 11 at the Kandakadu Treatment Centre were discharged upon recovery. COVID-19 recuperations confirmed in SL thereby reached 2,564. more..

NPP press conference

Sri Lanka markets quiet after election

Aug 7 (EN) Stocks opened higher after general elections results gave a large majority to the party of Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa but lost momentum amid selling pressure to close flat, dealers said. The rupee was quoted at 185.22/27 in late afternoon trading. Rupee closed on Thursday 185.46/54 to the US dollar. In equities market, Colombo’s All Share Price Index closed 0.37 points down at 5,176.48. The S&P SL20 index of most liquid stocks however gained 0.34% or 7.65 points to close at 2227.19. more..

SLPP’s National List MPs

Aug 7 (AD) The SLPP, which secured a landslide victory at the 2020 parliamentary election held on August 05, has handed over the party’s National List nominees to the Election Commission. The SLPP led by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa polled 6,853,690 votes (59.09%) at the election and secured a total of 145 seats in parliament including 17 National List seats. Accordingly the party has submitted the following 17 names to the Election Commission to fill the National List seats won by the SLPP. more..

Video: General Election: All-island final result

Aug 7 (AD) The all-island final result of General Election 2020 has been released by the Election Commission. The SLPP has claimed resounding victory in the parliamentary election after polling a total of 6,853,690 votes, which is 59.09% of the total valid votes. The SLPP led by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has secured 128 out of the total 225 seats in the SL Parliament. SJB led by former Opposition Leader more..

Colombo District: SLPP 12, SJB 6, JJB 1

Aug 7 (AD) The final result of the Colombo District has been released and the SLPP has secured an unprecedented victory in the district, which had hitherto been a UNP stronghold. SLPP received 674,603 votes (57.04%) and won a total of 12 seats in the district while SJB with 387,145 votes (32.73%) secured 06 seats. JJB obtained 67,600 votes (5.72%) and won one seat from the district. UNP led by former PM Wickremesinghe, who contested from the district, only managed 30,875 (2.61%). more..

Kalutara District preferential votes

Aug 7 (AD) The SLPP won 8 seats while the SJB won 2 seats. SLPP’s Vidura Wickramanayake obtained the highest number of preferential votes (147,958) while Rohitha Abeygunawardena is a close second with 147,472. Sanjeewa Edirimanne, Piyal Nishantha, Jayantha Samaraweera, Anupa Pasqual, Lalith Ellawala and Mahinda Samarasinghe are the SLPP candidates. SJB is represented by Rajitha Senaratne (77,476) and Kumara Welgama (77,083). more..

Post-election violations at minimum: Police

Aug 7 (FT) Police said post-election violations had been at a minimum, but would continue mobile patrols and maintain additional roadblocks today, with the aim of preventing any new breach of laws. A force of 2,500 Police officers have been pre-deployed to areas identified as high-risk for possible post-election violence, following advice from intelligence agencies, SSP Jaliya Senaratne said yesterday. He said that in addition to more..

Preferential votes: Kanaka Herath leads Kegalle District

Aug 7 (AD) SLPP has clinched 7 seats with number of votes amounting to 331,573 votes (66.29%). SLPP candidate Kanaka Herath topped the votes from the Kegalle District. SJB claimed 02 seats from Kegalle District as it bagged 131,317 votes (26.25%). SLPP: Kanaka Herath – 128,592; Ranjith Siyambalapitiya – 103,300; Tharaka Balasooriya – 96,763; Rajika Wickramasinghe – 68,802 H. R. Mitrapala – 58,306; Sudath Manjula – 45,970; Udayakantha Goonathilake – 46,628 more..

Preferential votes: Jeevan Thondaman tops Nuwara-Eliya

Aug 7 (AD) Jeevan Thondaman of SLPP has received the highest number of preferential votes in Nuwara-Eliya District. The son of Leader of CWC late Arumugam Thondaman, Jeevan had received 109,155 votes. The remaining four seats won in the district by the SLPP are filled by C.B. Ratnayake, S.B. Dissanayake, M. Rameshwaran and Nimal Piyathissa. Palani Digambaram obtained the most votes in the district for the SJB with 83,392. V. Radhakrishnan and M. Udayakumar have more..

Pohottuwa pivot to Parliament

Aug 7 (FT) The SLPP, led by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, secured a resounding victory in Wednesday’s Parliamentary Elections, by winning 146 of the 225 up for grabs, just four short of the coveted 150 seats needed to secure a two-thirds majority in the Legislature. SLPP swept all districts outside the North and East, winning with massive majorities in almost all electorates. The SLPP secured more than 6.3 million of the votes more..

Jaffna District preferential votes released

Aug 7 (AD) The results for Jaffna District preferential votes of the General Election 2020 have been released by the Election Commission. ITAK bagged the most votes and secured a total of 03 seats. AITC, SLFP, EPDP, and TMTK have all won a parliamentary seat each. SLFP: Angajan Ramanadan – 36,365 ITAK: S. Shritharan, M. A. Sumanthiran, Dharmalingam Siddarthan AITC: Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam; EPDP: Douglas Devananda; TMTK: C. V. Vigneswaran more..

Preferential votes: Nimal Siripala de Silva leads Badulla District

Aug 7 (AD) Former Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has secured the highest number of preference votes in the District of Badulla. He has received a total of 141,901 votes while Sudarshana Denipitiya obtained 71,766 votes to claim second place. SLPP gained the most votes and secured 06 seats, according to the final results of the Badulla District. SLPP received 309,538 votes (62.06%) to win 06 seats while the SJB was second with 144,290 votes (28.93%)and claim 03 seats. more..

Sri Lanka vote hands Rajapaksa family a bigger slice of control

Aug 7 (NYT) Prez Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of SL’s parliamentary seats, Election Commission announced Friday, bringing the president a step closer in his quest to amend the Constitution and expand his executive power. SLPP expanded its majority, winning 145 of the 150 seats needed to push through expanded powers for the prez and ensure that Mr. Rajapaksa’s older brother, Mahinda, will continue as PM. more..

Gampaha District: SLPP 13, SJB 4, JJB 1

Aug 7 (AD) SLPP has managed to secure a significant win with 13 parliamentary seats from Gampaha District. SLPP has received 807,896 votes, marking a 65.76% of total votes. Coming in second place, SJB amassed 285,809 votes (23.27%) to secure 4 seats from the district. JJB managed to score one parliamentary seats, receiving 61,833 (5.03%). However, the UNP could not secure any parliamentary seat, only obtaining 28,282 (2.30%) votes. OPPP gained 21,627 votes (1.76%). more..

Batticaloa District: ITAK 2 seats, TMVP 1, SLMC 1, SLPP 1

Aug 7 (AD) ITAK has managed to secure a victory in the district after polling 79,460 votes (26.66%). ITAK has won 02 seats in the district. TMVP obtained the second highest number of votes in the district with 67,692 votes (22.71%) and secured one seat. Meanwhile, SLMC came in third with 34,428 votes (11.55%) and also won one seat. SLPP received 33,424 votes (11.22%), also managing to secure a parliamentary seat. UPA received 31,054 votes (10.42%) and SJB 28,362 votes (9.52%). more..

Result surpassed all expectations: SLPP

Aug 7 (FT) SLPP said their landslide victory surpassed all expectations and attributed it to the public’s tribute to effective leadership. SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said that the election results had demonstrated the fullest acknowledgement by the public about the total success that had been achieved by the Govt. “We were always convinced of a massive victory, but this has surpassed all expectations, and more..

Puttalam District: SLPP 5, SJB 2, MNA 1

Aug 7 (AD) The SLPP has obtained the highest number of votes in the district with 220,566 (57.26%) and secured 05 seats. SJB polled 80,183 votes (20.8%) and won 02 seats. Muslim National Alliance (MNA) came on third in the district with 55,981 votes (14.53%) and has secured a parliamentary seat, while the JJB is fourth with 9,944 votes (2.58%). The UNP has received 7,985 votes (2.07%) and OPPP polled 5,393 votes (1.40%). more..

Jaffna District: ITAK 3 seats, ATIC 1, EPDP 1, SLFP 1, TMTK 1

Aug 7 (AD) ITAK has bagged the most votes and secured a total of 3 seats, according to the final results of the Jaffna District. ITAK has received 112 ,967 votes (31.46%) to win 03 seats while the AITC placed second with 55,303 votes (15.40%) to claim 01 seats. SLFP came in third with 49,373 votes (13.75%) and the EPDP has managed 45,797 votes (12.75%). Both parties secured one parliamentary seat each. TMTK coming in fifth with 35,927 votes (10.00%) claimed one seat as well. more..

National List allocations of political parties

Aug 7 (AD) A comprehensive list of the allocation of parliamentary seats to parties and groups that contested the General Election 2020 has been released by Election Commission. The number of National List seats allocated to each party has also been announced. SLPP leads the list with a total of 145 parliamentary seats. SLPP has been allocated 17 National List seats, to be added to the 128 seats won by them in the polls. In second place, SJB has been allocated 7 National List seats. more..

Polonnaruwa District: SLPP 4, SJB 1

Aug 7 (AD) Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has polled the most votes and secured 04 seats, according to the final results of the Polonnaruwa District. SLPP has received 180,847 votes (73.66%) to win 04 seats while the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is second with 47,781 votes (19.46%) and claim a single seat. Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) comes in third with 6,792 votes (2.77%) and the UNP has managed 6,525 votes (2.66%). However, they both fail to secure any seats from the district. more..

Nuwara Eliya District: SLPP 5, SJB 3

Aug 7 (AD) SLPP has secured the victory in Nuwara Eliya district with 54.47% (230,389) of the marked votes. Party has bagged 5 seats from the district. SJB obtained the second-highest number of votes with 132,008 (31.21%) votes, with 3 seats. Nuwara Eliya Independent Group 1 came in third with 17,107 votes (4.04%) while the UNP gained 12,974 votes (3.07%). SLFP has come in fifth place in the district obtaining 6.227 votes (1.47%). With 5,043 (1.19%) JJB has ranked sixth in the district. more..

UNP agents engaged in preferential vote count: Madduma Bandara

Aug 7 (CT) SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara charged that a group of persons from a legal unit attached to the UNP had been engaged in counting the preferential votes of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He alleged that measures had been covertly undertaken by the UNP, flouting provisions contained in Articles of the Constitution and the Election Laws. As per the said Laws, a political party could lay claim to more..

Kalutara District: SLPP 8 seats, SJB 2 seats

Aug 7 (AD) The SLPP has bagged the most votes and secured a total of 08 seats, according to the final results of the Kalutara District. Accordingly, SLPP has received 448,699 votes (64.08%) to win 08 seats while the SJB placed second with 171,988 votes (24.56%) to claim 02 seats. JJB came in third with 33,434 votes (4.77%) and the UNP has managed 16,485 votes (2.35%). However, they both failed to secure any seats from the district. more..

Ratnapura District: SLPP 8 seats, SJB 3 seats

Aug 7 (AD) SLPP has secured the victory in the Ratnapura district with 68.86% (446,668) of the marked votes. The party has bagged 08 seats from the district. SJB obtained the second-highest number of votes with 155,759 (24.81%) votes, with 03 seats allocated for them. Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) came in third with 17,611 votes (2.72%) while the UNP gained 12,349 votes (1.90%). Our Power of People Party (OPPP) has come in fifth place in the district obtaining 3,944 votes (0.61%). more..

UNP accepts people’s verdict: Vajira

Aug 7 (FT) The UNP yesterday said they accepted the verdict of the people, and would take necessary measures to restructure the party and emerge stronger at future elections. Speaking to reporters in Galle, former Parliamentarian and senior UNP member Vajira Abeywardena said the public had placed their trust in the SLPP, and as a party they would accept the verdict of the people. This was the first time that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe lost his seat since 1977. more..

Trincomalee District: SJB 3, SLPP 1, ITAK 1

Aug 7 (AD) Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has managed to secure a victory in Trincomalee district after polling 86,394 votes (40.56%). The SJB has won 02 seats in the district. SLPP obtained the second highest number of votes in the district with 68,681 votes (32.25%) and secured one seat. Meanwhile the ITAK came in third with 39,570 votes (18.58%) and also won one seat. EPDP received 3,775 votes (1.77%), AITC – 2,745 votes (1.29%) and JJB – 2,226 votes (1.058%). more..

Successful poll shows strength of an independent public service: Karu

Aug 7 (FT) Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday congratulated the Chairman and members of the Elections Commission as well as health, security and all other public officials for the model election they conducted amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. “The successful conclusion of the election shows the strength of our public service, when independent,” he said. He also expressed his appreciation to the 71% of voters who defied the health risks posed by COVID-19 more..

Modi congratulates MR on on election win

Aug 7 (WION) Indian PM Narendra Modi has called and congratulated PM Mahinda Rajapaksa for leading his party SLPP to victory in parliamentary polls in the country. Mahinda Rajapaksa took to Twitter and thanked Narendra Modi for his wishes. He said: "Thank you PM @narendramodi for your congratulatory phone call. With the strong support of the people of #SriLanka, I look forward to working with you closely more..

Elephants should not be used for Peraharas at all

Aug 7 (CT) Elephants are in the processing of being eliminated in many countries including SL. Currently it is recorded that many elephants die or are killed in SL every year. I therefore wrote and published a book titled Save the Elephants in 2019 Dec and this book is available at Vijitha Yapa. In this book I have recorded that elephants are killed not only for the tusks and bones but also for the skins! A small hand bag for leaders made out of elephant skin will cost about US $ 1000 (Rs 190,000). more..

The election result and the intelligentsia

Aug 7 (CT) This is a note on an aspect of the election. The SL intelligentsia belongs to roughly two categories. One is the camp which regards itself as the jathika or nationalist intelligentsia, is more exactly defined as the Sinhala nationalist intelligentsia and is probably most precisely defined as the Sinhala-Buddhist ultranationalist intelligentsia. The other camp is broadly definable as the pluralist democratic intelligentsia, which includes the liberal-cosmopolitan intelligentsia and more..

General Election 2020 results: Live Streaming

Ten districts affected by inclement weather, says DMC

Aug 6 (AD) Ten districts have been affected by the inclement weather that prevails across the island, DMC says. 483 houses island-wide were damaged by the gusty winds. Accordingly, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kegalle, Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya have experienced the adverse effects of the blustery condition. Five individuals have sustained injuries owing to the prevailing situation and many roads were blocked by the fallen trees. more..

Lone gunman wielding T-56 rifle killed gangster in Anuradhapura: Police

Aug 6 (EN) Police are saying an unknown gunman armed with a T-56 Assault Rifle shot and killed alleged underworld figure Eron Ranasinghe also known as SF Lokka yesterday at a railway crossing in Anuradhapura town. SSP Jaliya Senaratne said that the unidentified gunman had arrived and fled on a motorcycle. He said that the investigations revealed that a T-56 gun was used by the gunman for the assassination and that the police had recovered 7 bullet shells from the scene. more..