Victory for UNF

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vic1By Sandun A Jayasekera
The United National Party (UNP)-led rainbow coalition emerged the clear winner at Monday’s general elections winning 106 seats in the 225-member parliament securing 5,098,927 votes or 45.7% of the total valid votes polled.  The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won 95 seats securing 4,732,669 votes. The UNP won 11 of the 22 districts — Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Digamadulla, Kegalle and Polonnaruwa. 

The UPFA won eight districts — Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Kalutara, Monaragala, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Ratnapura while the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) dominated the North and East winning the districts of Vanni, Batticaloa and Jaffna securing16 seats and 515,963 votes.

With the UPFA’s electoral setback, a number of former parliamentarians also failed to secure their seats in the new parliament. Among the UPFA members who lost their seats having contested the election under the UPFA were: S.B. Dissanayaka, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana, Tissa Karaliyadda, W.B. Ekanayaka, Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza, Jagath Pushpakumara, Piyasena Gamage, Gunaratne Weerakone, Erik Weerawardana, Nandimithra Ekanayaka, Lakshman Seneviratne, Hemal Gunasekara, Uditha Lokubandara, Wijaya Dahanayaka and Rohana Bandaranayake.


The JVP in a disappointing performance only managed four of the seats polling 543,877 votes or 4.8% of the valid votes cast


Surprisingly, JVP front-liner Sunil Handunetti also lost his parliamentary seat. The JVP which won only six seats, one each from the districts of Hambantota, Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara apart from 2 seats from the National List obtained 543,877 votes or 4.87%. The EPDP and the SLMC won one seat each from Jaffna and Batticaloa.  Sri Lanka’s voters have given a clear mandate to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe-led UNP to guide the destiny of Sri Lanka for the next five years with a majority of 366,258 votes or 11 seats over its closest rival the UPFA whose campaign was led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.   

The UPFA which is made up of 17 smaller political parties suffered a setback at this election while the UNP showed an extremely encouraging performance when compared with the results of the 2010 general election.   
In 2010, the UPFA won 114 seats polling 4,846,388 votes in the aftermath of the war victory euphoria. At the time the UNP won only 60 seats with 2,357,057 votes which had doubled at this election.     

                                                                                           
The significance of Monday’s election was the mainly peaceful atmosphere which prevailed during the campaign period and on election day coming in for much praise from local and international election observers made up of more than 20,000 local and 200 foreign observers. The election monitors are expected to hand over their report today.  Meanwhile, incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who claimed victory is expected to take his oaths as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rajapaksa conceded defeat in Monday’s general election but  was later reported to be entertaining second thoughts about it.

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The UNFGG won 106 seats polling 5,098, 927 votes or 45.7% of the valid votes cast. It won 11 of the 22 districts

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