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Sri Lanka Podujana Permuna (SLPP) led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is heading for an unprecedented, landslide victory according to the results of the general elections announced so far.

The results of the electoral districts in the southern province, Badulla and Moneragala had been released so far indicating a resounding victory for the SLPP.

The SLPP, a party formed ahead of the 2018 local authorities’ elections, was well on its way to its third consecutive victory. Initial results were indicative of a victory close to a two-thirds majority.

Also, the SLPP allies such as the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulihal (TMVP) were making headway in their respective bases in the north and east. The SLPP percentage in the Sinhalese majority electorates stood above 70 percent and in some constituencies it was has high as 76 percent.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), a breakaway group of the United National Party (UNP), trailed far behind the SLPP at this election as the second largest party. It was able to muster only one parliamentary seat in districts such as Matara and Hambantota.

The UNP’s performance in most cases was found to be dismal. The grand old party which was founded in 1946 could not reach the cut off point of five percent of total polled votes. A party needs to poll more than five percent of votes from an electoral district to qualify for parliamentary representation.

The National People’s Power (NPP), the political alliance led by the JVP, outperformed the UNP in most electorates where the results were announced and secured the third position next to the SJB.

The electoral performance of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was somewhat poorer than the last time because the newly formed Tamil Makkal Kooteny and Ahila Ilankai Tamil Congress have made significant inroads into their vote bases in electorates such as Jaffna, Kayts, Kankesanthurai, Point Pedro, Kopai and Manipai where the results.

In what appeared to be a significant political development, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which contested in the Jaffna district had garnered support from Tamil constituents raising prospects of winning a seat.

In some electorates such as Kankesanthurai and Kopai, the SLFP was next to the TNA. If the SLFP secures a seat from the Jaffna district, it will be the first time for the party to have parliamentary representation. The SLFP, as a national party, has never got any parliamentary representation.

In the Batticaloa District, the TMVP led by former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan received a fair number of votes sufficient enough to secure parliamentary representation.

Mr. Chandrakanthan is presently behind bars in connection with allegations related to the assassination of one time TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • jayt Friday, 07 August 2020 12:28 AM

    Rajapkasas will turn Sri lanka into Chinese and Tamil land. just like their family

    Pantha Kumaran Friday, 07 August 2020 01:18 AM

    The voters will regret their mistakes sooner rather than later.

    M P Fernando Friday, 07 August 2020 01:25 AM

    Where is Indika Thotawatta? Haa haa

    Ram Friday, 07 August 2020 02:50 AM

    Trust the result is genuine and there was no stuffing of ballot boxes with votes by the winners

    Lokusalli Friday, 07 August 2020 12:01 PM

    They don't need to fix the vote...there's an untapped wealth of stupid out there !

    Ramesh Kanth Friday, 07 August 2020 06:23 AM

    Ok you win. Will there be any minorities left before next elections if we get one to have?

    Odin Friday, 07 August 2020 07:08 AM

    If the voter only knew what's in store for them!!!

    Murshud Idroos Friday, 07 August 2020 09:28 AM

    He was assured well before the election from tge gullible foolish masses Wining is just anotger thing maintaining stability is another thing Country to be ruined inevitable very sad inevitable with justified cycles of corruption with cover ups

    Jude Friday, 07 August 2020 12:01 PM

    Country ELECT alleged murderer WHO'S in jail !! Way to go lanka!! Huh!!

    mp Friday, 07 August 2020 12:01 PM

    Criticism cannot dilute the victory of the government.

    GihanG Friday, 07 August 2020 02:24 PM

    Are prisoners suitable parliamentary candidates?


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