SLPP in Landslide Victory

By Buddhika Samaraweera and Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 7 2020
News SLPP in Landslide Victory

By Buddhika Samaraweera  and Nabiya Vaffoor

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had clinched outright wins in a number of Districts, at the 5 August General Election, to lay claim to having a majority of seats in the new Parliament, at the time this edition went to press.

Results of 18 Districts are as follows: SLPP with 6,853,693 votes (59.09 %) wins 128 seats, SJB polled 2,771,984 (23.90 %) to secure 47 seats, JJB polled 445,958 (3.84%) wins two seats and ITAK polled 327,168 (2.82 %) to win nine seats.

The SLPP had won the Districts of Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Moneragala, Badulla, Galle, Matara, Hambanthota, Kalutara, Colombo, Kurunegala, Nuwara Eliya, etc.

The SJB-led by former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa had won the electorates of Central Colombo, Borella, Colombo-North, Colombo-East and Dehiwela. 

The SJB also however failed to win any District in the Poll and despite winning certain electorates in the Colombo District it clearly was a distant second to the eventual winner SLPP. 

The SJB had also won the Muttur electorate. A notable feature of the 2020 General Election had been the country’s oldest political party, the UNP, which had its inception in 1948, failing to win even a solitary electorate let alone even a single District at the concluded Poll.

Meanwhile, another prominent feature at the General Election had been the JVP-led NPP upstaging the UNP in most electorates and coming third behind the SLPP and SJB.

It must also be noted that in most electorates the UNP had only registered less than 1,000 votes and in certain other Districts it had even failed to cross that figure.

It was also evident from the results declared thus far that the SLPP would most likely achieve its aim of a two-thirds majority in the ninth Parliament. 

According to the results, released at the time of going to press, the SLPP which had polled 6,853,693 (59.09%) votes, was on the verge of a remarkable victory over the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) which has so far polled around 2,771,984 (23.9%) votes. 

The SLPP had secured more than 90 seats in the new Parliament whereas the SJB secured around 30 seats. 

Meanwhile, the Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) or the National People’s Power (NPP) led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), had polled 445,958 (3.84%) votes and secured the third highest number of votes. The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) was in the fourth place, obtaining 327,128 (2.82%) votes while the UNP suffered a huge setback, obtaining only 249,435 (2.15%) votes.

In the electoral District of Colombo, the SLPP led with 674,603 votes followed by the SJB 387,145, the JJB/NPP 67,600 and the UNP 30,875. 

In the electoral District of Gampaha, the SLPP led with 807,896 votes followed by the SJB 85,809, the JJB/NPP 61,833 and the UNP 28,282. 

In the electoral District of Kalutara, the SLPP led with 448,699 votes followed by the SJB 171,988, the JJB/NPP 33,434 and the UNP 16,485. Accordingly, the SLPP has secured eight seats while the SJB has secured two seats in this District. 

In the electoral District of Kandy, the SLPP led with 436,507 votes followed by the SJB 215,816, the JJB/NPP 20,469 and the UNP 17,457. 

In the electoral District of Matale, the SLPP led with 188,779 votes followed by the SJB 73,955, the JJB/NPP 7,542 and the UNP 6,592. The SLPP secured four seats while the SJB managed to secure one here. 

In the electoral District of Nuwara-Eliya, the SLPP led with 230,389 votes followed by the SJB 132,008 and the UNP 12,974. The SLPP secured five seats while the SJB secured three.

In the electoral District of Galle, the SLPP led with 430,334 votes followed by the SJB 115,456, the JJB/NPP 29,963 and the UNP 18,968. Here, the SLPP secured seven seats while the SJB secured two. 

In the electoral District of Matara, the SLPP led with 352,217 votes followed by the SJB 72,811, the JJB/NPP 37,065 and the UNP 7,631. Accordingly, the SLPP secured six seats while the SJB secured one. 

In the electoral District of Hambantota, the SLPP led with 280,881 votes followed by the SJB 51,758, the JJB/NPP 31,362 and the UNP 5,017. 

In the electoral District of Jaffna, the ITAK led with 112,967 votes followed by the Ahila Ilankai Thamil Congress (AITC) 55,303, and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 49,373. 

In the electoral District of Vanni, the ITAK led with 69,916 votes followed by the SLPP 42,524, and the SJB 37,885. 

In the electoral District of Batticaloa, the ITAK led with 79,460 votes followed by the Tamil Makkal Vidhuthalai Pulikal (TMVP) 67,692, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) 34,428 and the SLPP 33,424. 

In the electoral District of Digamadulla, the SLPP led with 126,012 votes followed by the SJB 102,274 and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) 43,319. 

In the electoral District of Trincomalee, the SJB led with 86,394 votes followed by the SLPP 68,681, the ITAK 39,570 and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) 3,775. 

In the electoral District of Kurunegala, the SLPP led with 649,965 votes followed by the SJB 244,860, the JJB/NPP 36,290 and UNP with 26,770. 

In the electoral District of Puttalam, the SLPP led with 220,566 votes, followed by the SJB 80,183, the JJB/NPP 9,944 and the UNP 7,985. 

In the electoral District of Anuradhapura, the SLPP led with 344,458 votes followed by the SJB 119,788, the JJB/ NPP 24,492 and the UNP 8,254. Accordingly, the SLPP has secured seven seats in this District while the SJB has secured two. 

In the electoral District of Polonnaruwa, the SLPP led with 180,847 votes followed by the JJB/NPP 47,781, the SJB 7,202 and the UNP 6,115. Here, the SLPP secured four seats while the JJB/NPP had secured one. 

In the electoral District of Badulla, the SLPP led with 309,538 votes followed by the SJB 144,290, the JJB/NPP 19,308 and the UNP 9,163. Accordingly, the SLPP has secured six seats while the SJB has secured three. 

In the electoral District of Moneragala, the SLPP led with 208,193 votes followed by the SJB 54,147, the JJB/NPP 11,429 and the UNP 3,494. The SLPP has secured five seats while the JJB/NPP has managed one. 

In the electoral District of Ratnapura, the SLPP led with 446,668 votes followed by the SJB 155,759, the JJB/NPP 17,611 and the UNP 12,349.

In the electoral District of Kegalle, the SLPP led with 331,573 votes followed by the SJB 131,317, the JJB/NPP 14,033 and the UNP 12,168. In this District, the SLPP has secured seven seats while the SJB has secured two. 

The Parliamentary Poll was held on 5 August 2020 to elect 225 Members to Sri Lanka’s Ninth Parliament. An approximate number of 16,263,885 persons were eligible to cast their vote and this included 31.95% of young voters. Polling ended without major incidents of violence being reported and with a voters’ turnout of 71%. A group of 196 Parliamentarians are to be elected from 22 electoral Districts, while 29 MPs will be appointed from the national list.


By Buddhika Samaraweera and Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 7 2020

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