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General Election Sri Lanka 2015

General Election Sri Lanka 2015

  • Sri Lanka’s Tangled Democracy; Primed for Progress in Colombo?

    By Taylor Dibbert. Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election is over, and the results are in. By capturing 45.7 percent of the votes and 106 seats in a vote held on August 17, the United National Party (UNP) has narrowly won. This is something of a defeat for Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was Sri Lanka’s president until he […]

  • Unique Opportunity to Address Issues of Governance – NPC

    The outcome of the General Election held on August 17, and the victory secured by the United National Front for Good Governance led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe paves the way for democratic transition to take place in two key aspects of good governance. It will consolidate the shift away from a highly centralised structure […]

  • Sri Lanka: Challenges Before Wickremesinghe

    The Sri Lankan parliamentary poll results have shown that the voters have rejected divisive politics and authoritarianism by electing Ranil Wickremesinghe. The message is the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapakse rather than the victory of the UNP-led coalition. Rajapakse’s bid for a return despite his humiliating defeat in the Presidential elections has been foiled. […]

  • Sri Lanka Election 2015: District Wise Performances of the UNP

    Here are brief accounts of district wise performances by candidates at Monday’s parliamentary elections: COLOMBO DISTRICT: Almost a reverse of the 2010 parliamentary elections. This time the UNP secured 53 per cent as against 36.1 percent in 2010. The UPFA obtained 39.2 percent of the votes as against the 53 percent. The UNP returned 11 […]

  • Sri Lanka: Post-election Colours, Prospects and Casualties by Rajan Philips

    (Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now an MP-elect of the Kurunegala district, chats with Ranil Wickremesinghe during Friday’s simple ceremony where he (Wickremesinghe) was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the fourth time Pix by Sudath Silve) Sri Lanka’s electoral map the morning after its 16th general election was a fascinating picture […]

  • China Cannot Be Avoided: State-run Media After SL Polls

    By PTI Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be avoided” because its ties with Colombo transcended “partisan politics”. | P.K.Balachandran BEIJING: As a sense of unease prevailed here over defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary polls blunting Beijing’s influence in the Indian Ocean region, Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be […]

  • Why Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Failed to Make a Comeback

    After being toppled as president, Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to become PM. But the Sri Lankan leader’s comeback bid has ended in defeat as early parliamentary poll results showed the ruling alliance made decisive gains. “My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,” Rajapaksa was quoted by news agency AFP on Tuesday, August 18, as […]

  • Over 15 M. Voters From 22 Electoral Districts to Elect 225 MPs Read more >

    Over 15 M. Voters From 22 Electoral Districts to Elect 225 MPs

    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-in-Puttalam-Pics-Hiran-Priyankara Colombo -19 […]

  • Outcome of Tomorrow’s Poll Crucial for Lanka

    ( BY The Sunday Times Political Editor) Both major alliances confident, but dramatic internal battle rages within UPFA Sirisena’s suspension of two party secretaries apparently linked to dispute over National List nominees International Crisis Group says resolution of ethnic issue depends on what happens at elections When a messenger from the Presidential Secretariat arrived at […]

  • A Professional Forecast on Sri Lanka Election Results 2015

    The team of professionals who had   provided  a very near accurate election forecast at the last Presidential elections has again sent their forecast for the 2015 General Elections. This is not based on some intelligent guesswork but on in depth study of the situation prevailing in the several Districts. In this forecast the JVP […]

  • Sri Lanka Between Elections – By Crisis Group

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Read full report as a PDF 272-sri-lanka-between-elections A half year after Maithripala Sirisena’s stunning defeat of President Mahinda Raja­paksa raised hopes for democratic renaissance, the complexities of partisan politics, and Rajapaksa himself, have returned to centre stage. Sirisena’s initial months with a minority government led by the United National Party (UNP) have opened […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election – Brahma Chellaney

    NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments. The country’s strategic importance has […]

  • Sri Lanka’s UNP Likely to Get Most Seats in August Polls: Scenario Analysis

    SCENARIOS:  Possible scenarios for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls ECONOMYNEXT – In a scenario analysis by our political correspondent on the 2015 parliamentary polls, the United National Party is leading on three probable outcomes but without a simple majority of 113 in the 225-member parliament. Our political correspondent has analysed three scenarios covering the best case for […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Struggles in Vote Campaign, Trails in Poll Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Struggles in Vote Campaign, Trails in Poll

    (Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting in the upcoming general election.) COLOMBO (Reuters) – Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is trailing his main rival in a prime ministerial elections later this month, the latest national opinion poll showed, as the once-powerful leader struggles to mount a strong campaign. Ousted by former […]

  • Protect ‘Jan. 08 Mandate’ – CBK Read more >

    Protect ‘Jan. 08 Mandate’ – CBK

    Slams MR for misusing state power and resources. Those rejected by people have entered electoral frayFormer President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, in a special statement issued yesterday, urged the nation to defeat the elements trying to reverse the “January 08” mandate and vote for honest and respectable candidates. “At this decisive juncture, we need to decide […]

  • General Election 2015 Pre Election Opinion Poll; Ranil is Leading Read more >

    General Election 2015 Pre Election Opinion Poll; Ranil is Leading

    (Ranil Wickremesinghe ©s.deshapriya) 4 August 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contribute to […]

  • Sri Lanka Election Rally Shooting: Second Person Dies Read more >

    Sri Lanka Election Rally Shooting: Second Person Dies

    (Injured UNP supporter is being treated) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—A second government supporter died on Monday following a shooting at an election rally in the Sri Lankan capital, police said, amid a campaign in which ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking re-election. On Friday unidentified gunmen opened fire at a group of supporters campaigning for Finance Minister […]

  • Rumblings in Jaffna: War was Won, Not Yet the Hearts and Minds of the People

    Govt. needs to act more pro-actively to maintain normalcy. TNA and other parties playing hardline politics while Wigneswaran avoids meetings and plays different card. Poll-Corr-Cartoon JAFFNA – The crowded restaurant of a luxury hotel in town tells the story of the ever changing social scene nearly six years after the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas. The […]

  • Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

    Sri Lanka’s authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country’s already troubled political reform process. By Taylor Dibbert After months of intense speculation, it has become official: Sri Lanka’s recently ousted president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will contest in the country’s parliamentary elections which […]

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