Sri Lankan presidential election, 2015 – THE RESULTS

Sri_Lankan_Presidential_Election_2015Sri Lankan presidential election, 2015 – THE RESULTS

Sirsena was declared the winner after receiving 51.28% of all votes cast compared to Rajapaksa’s 47.58%.[7] Rajapaksa had earlier conceded defeat after meeting Wickremesinghe and assuring him of a smooth transition of power.[271][272] Rajapaksa then left his official residence Temple Trees.[273][274]

Sirsena was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s sixth executive president before Supreme Court judge K. Sripavan in Independence Square, Colombo at 6.20pm on 9 January 2015.[275][276] It is custom for the president to be sworn in before the chief justice but Sirsena had refused to be sworn in before Chief Justice Peiris who had been appointed by Rajapaksa after the controversial impeachment of the previous chief justice.[277][278]Immediately afterwards, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister before Sirsena.[279][280]

Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Nalaka Godahewa, who had openly campaigned for Rajapaksa, resigned from their positions on 9 January 2015.[281][282] Minister of Foreign Employment Dilan Perera also resigned.[283]

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Sri Lanka Presidential Election Results 2015

e • d Summary of the 2015 Sri Lankan presidential election[284]
Candidate Party Votes  %
Maithripala Sirisena New Democratic Front 6,217,162 51.28%
Mahinda Rajapaksa United People’s Freedom Alliance 5,768,090 47.58%
Ratnayake Arachchige Sirisena Patriotic National Front 18,174 0.15%
Namal Ajith Rajapaksa Our National Front 15,726 0.13%
Maulawi Ibrahim Mohanmed Mishlar United Peace Front 14,379 0.12%
A. S. P. Liyanage Sri Lanka Labour Party 14,351 0.12%
Ruwanthileke Peduru United Lanka People’s Party 12,436 0.10%
Aithurus M. Illias Independent 10,618 0.09%
Duminda Nagamuwa Frontline Socialist Party 9,941 0.08%
Siritunga Jayasuriya United Socialist Party 8,840 0.07%
Sarath Manamendra New Sinhala Heritage 6,875 0.06%
Pani Wijesiriwardene Socialist Equality Party 4,277 0.04%
Anurudha Polgampola Independent 4,260 0.04%
Sundaram Mahendran Nava Sama Samaja Party 4,047 0.03%
Muthu Bandara Theminimulla All Are Citizens, All Are Kings Organisation 3,846 0.03%
Battaramulle Seelarathana Jana Setha Peramuna 3,750 0.03%
Prasanna Priyankara Democratic National Movement 2,793 0.02%
Jayantha Kulathunga United Lanka Great Council 2,061 0.02%
Wimal Geeganage Sri Lanka National Front 1,826 0.02%
Valid Votes 12,123,452 100.00%
Rejected Votes 140,925
Total Polled 12,264,377
Registered Electors 15,044,490
Turnout 81.52%

District[edit]

Majorities according to electoral divisions

Majorities according to electoral districts:

  Maithripala Sirisena
  Mahinda Rajapaksa
Districts won by Rajapaksa
Districts won by Sirisena
Electoral
District
Province Rajapaksa Sirisena Others Total Valid Turnout
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Ampara Eastern 121,027 33.82% 233,360 65.22% 3,430 0.96% 357,817 100.00% 77.39%
Anuradhapura North Central 281,161 53.59% 238,407 45.44% 5,065 0.97% 524,633 100.00% 83.10%
Badulla Uva 249,243 49.15% 249,524 49.21% 8,303 1.64% 507,070 100.00% 82.99%
Batticaloa Eastern 41,631 16.22% 209,422 81.62% 5,533 2.16% 256,586 100.00% 70.97%
Colombo Western 562,614 43.40% 725,073 55.93% 8,673 0.67% 1,296,360 100.00% 82.67%
Galle Southern 377,126 55.64% 293,994 43.37% 6,691 0.99% 677,811 100.00% 83.49%
Gampaha Western 664,347 49.49% 669,007 49.83% 9,142 0.68% 1,342,496 100.00% 82.88%
Hambantota Southern 243,295 63.02% 138,708 35.93% 4,073 1.05% 386,076 100.00% 84.13%
Jaffna Northern 74,454 21.85% 253,574 74.42% 12,723 3.73% 340,751 100.00% 66.28%
Kalutara Western 395,890 52.65% 349,404 46.46% 6,690 0.89% 751,984 100.00% 84.73%
Kandy Central 378,585 44.23% 466,994 54.56% 10,329 1.21% 855,908 100.00% 82.63%
Kegalle Sabaragamuwa 278,130 51.82% 252,533 47.05% 6,108 1.14% 536,771 100.00% 83.60%
Kurunegala North Western 556,868 53.46% 476,602 45.76% 8,154 0.78% 1,041,624 100.00% 82.98%
Matara Southern 297,823 57.81% 212,435 41.24% 4,892 0.95% 515,150 100.00% 83.36%
Matale Central 158,880 51.41% 145,928 47.22% 4,214 1.36% 309,022 100.00% 82.35%
Monaragala Uva 172,745 61.45% 105,276 37.45% 3,095 1.10% 281,116 100.00% 83.75%
Nuwara Eliya Central 145,339 34.06% 272,605 63.88% 8,822 2.07% 426,766 100.00% 81.27%
Polonnaruwa North Central 105,640 41.27% 147,974 57.80% 2,382 0.93% 255,996 100.00% 83.94%
Puttalam North Western 197,751 48.97% 202,073 50.04% 4,026 1.00% 403,850 100.00% 73.81%
Ratnapura Sabaragamuwa 379,053 55.74% 292,514 43.01% 8,517 1.25% 680,084 100.00% 84.90%
Trincomalee Eastern 52,111 26.67% 140,338 71.84% 2,907 1.49% 195,356 100.00% 76.76%
Vanni Northern 34,377 19.07% 141,417 78.47% 4,431 2.46% 180,225 100.00% 72.57%
Total 5,768,090 47.58% 6,217,162 51.28% 138,200 1.14% 12,123,452 100.00% 81.52%

Reaction[edit]

  •  China – Foreign Minsitry spokesman Hong Lei congratulated Sirisena at a regular press conference on 9 January 2015, saying that China expected “new strides made by the Sri Lankan government and people on their course toward national development”.[285][286]
  •  European Union – Foreign Affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini issued a statement on 9 January 2015 congratulating Sirisena, saying that the “EU looks forward to working with him to further develop its relations with Sri Lanka”.[287][288]
  •  India – Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned Sirsena after Rajapaksa had conceded defeat, congratulating Sirsena and the Sri Lankan people for the “peaceful and democratic poll process”.[289][290]
  •  Japan – Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida issued a statement on 9 January 2015 welcoming the “peaceful and successful holding of the presidential election”, congratulating Sirisena, saying that Japan hopes that “all parties concerned in Sri Lanka will work together to further promote national reconciliation, democracy and economic development”.[291][292]
  •  United Kingdom – Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement on 9 January 2015 congratulating Sirisena and encouraging him to co-operate with UN investigation into alleged war crimes “so that the issues of the past can be addressed and the country can move forward to a brighter, peaceful future where all Sri Lankans can play a role”.[293][294] Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond also issued a statement commending the Sri Lanka people “on the successful completion of their elections” and congratulating Sirisena, saying he looked forward to “working with the new government and reinvigorating the long standing partnership between the UK and Sri Lanka”.[295][296]
  •  United Nations – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on 9 January 2015 congratulating the Sri Lankan people “on the successful conclusion of the presidential election”, singling out the election commission for its “professionalism”, saying that he looked forward to working with Sirisena but re-iterating his support for development, reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability.[297][298]
  •  United States – President of the United States Barack Obama issued a statement on 9 January 2015 congratulating “the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion” to the election and Sirisena on his victory, saying that it was “a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world”.[299][300] Secretary of State John Kerry also issued a statement praising Sri Lanka people “on the successful conclusion of their elections”, commending Rajapaksa for accepting the resulting and saying that he looked “forward to working with President-elect Maithripala Sirisena”.[301][302]