Sri Lanka General Election: Counting begins, Rajapaksa clan eyes landslide win

Colombo, August 6

The counting of votes in Sri Lanka’s twice-postponed parliamentary election started on Thursday with the highly effective Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) saying it’s assured of recording a “historic victory” by securing a two-thirds majority.

The election, performed amidst COVID-19 pandemic fears, concluded in a peaceable method on Wednesday, with a voter turnout of over 70 per cent, based on Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.

As the counting of votes started, SLPP founder and its National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa—who’s the youthful brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the eldest being Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa—mentioned that the get together is all set to type a brand new authorities, News 1st Channel reported.

He mentioned that his get together would make historical past as the one get together to return into energy inside a brief span of time since its formation, defeating different outdated political events.

“We are confident of the SLPP recording a historic victory. We hope for a two-thirds majority at the election but it is up to the people to decide,” he mentioned.

He mentioned he’s assured that the economic system could be revived underneath the management of President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda.

The outcomes can be introduced by Thursday night, Deshapriya mentioned.

President Gotabaya voted in his Colombo suburb polling station whereas his elder brother and the prime ministerial aspirant Mahinda voted in his dwelling constituency within the southern district of Hambantota.

“We are hopeful of winning two-thirds support,” Mahinda, 74, informed reporters after voting.

He mentioned his youthful brother Gotabaya’s election as president was endorsed by 6.9 million voters final December and that he was hopeful of securing the identical assist.

Former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe mentioned that solely his get together, the United National Party, was able to turning across the economic system which is at present in poor state as a result of COVID-19 and mishandling by the present authorities.

Mahinda’s SLPP is anticipated to win management of the 225-member meeting by a snug margin, based on analysts.

President Gotabaya hopes for a two-thirds majority for the SLPP in order that he can amend the Constitution to revive presidential powers curbed by a 2015 constitutional change.

The president isn’t a candidate whereas Mahinda is operating from the north western capital district of Kurunegala.

Poll stations had been manned by over 8,000 well being officers who supervised the upkeep of well being pointers to stop the unfold of COVID-19.

The election, which was postponed twice as a result of coronavirus, is to elect a 225-member Parliament for a five-year time period.

Over 16 million individuals had been eligible to vote to elect 196 out of a complete of 225 lawmakers for the subsequent 5 years. Twenty-nine others might be named from a nationwide checklist based on the variety of votes acquired by every get together.

The election, initially scheduled for April 25, was postpone till June 20 because the COVID-19 outbreak hampered the preparations.

The August 5 date was later mounted because the well being authorities issued pointers for holding the ballot.

Some 20 political events and 34 unbiased teams are within the fray with over 7,200 candidates from 22 electoral districts.

Former president Maithripala Sirisena is operating from the north central area of Polonnaruwa underneath the SLPP banner whereas former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and former chief of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa are operating from the Colombo district. PTI

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