24 September, 2020

Blog

Ranil Tops All Island With 500,566 Preferential Votes

UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe topped the UNP list in Colombo district with 5oo,566 preferential votes while Sujeewa Senasinghe and Harsha De Silva obtained preferential votes 117,049 and 114,147 respectively.

UNP

Ranil Wickremesinghe – 5oo,566
Sujeewa Senasinghe – 117,049
Harsha De Silva – 114,147
Ravi Karunanayake – 111,394
Patali Champika Ranawaka – 100,444
S.M. Marikkar – 92,526
Mujabar Rahuman – 83,884
Eran Wickramaratne – 82,738
Wijedasa Rajapakse – 81,758
Hirunika Premachandra – 70,584
Mano Ganeshan – 69,064

UPFA

Wimal Weerawansa – 313,801
Udaya Gammanpila – 198,818
Susil Premajayantha – 174,075
Dinesh Gunawardena – 124,451
Bandula Gunawardena – 96,057
Mohanlal Grero – 65,703
Gamini Lokuge – 58,527

JVP

Anura Kumara Dissanayake – 65,966

*Correction – An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Ranil Wickremesinghe received 566,600 preferential votes.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 31
    5

    His danger!
    This man got more votes than total TNA or total JVP.

    ((Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), the major constituent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) claimed victory in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province receiving 515,963 or 4.62 percent of votes.

    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna received 4.87 percent of the vote amounting to 543,944.))

    • 54
      9

      Thank god..god bless Sri Lanka..well done Ranil and his party. You proved you are better then MARA, even after the Elam war..people in sri lanka knows Mara is an lier.

      • 24
        5

        This shows that the Rajapaksa and his partners cannot win an election unless they have the military and police in the pocket and all state resources from wealth to media at their disposal.

        • 4
          10

          get off your high horse. ‘all state resources from wealth to media at their disposal’ UNP managed to get only 106 seats.

          • 6
            1

            “UNP managed to get only 106 seats”

            Without abusing public resources
            Without distributing “Sil Redi”
            Without playing the race card
            Without playing the religious card

            I think that UNP had a good win.

            • 3
              1

              Burt to add to your list of withouts

              and without consulting astrologer

      • 20
        3

        Harsha De Silva should be the new Minister of Finance and Economic Development and he should get rid of the corrupt insider trader Arjuna Mahendran from the Central Bank.

        Harsha will know that Arjuna who was a stock broker and derivatives salesman is not qualified to run the CB in any case-

        Arjuna is the same league as the cheap accountant Nivard Cabraal and both should be tried for financial crimes against the people of Sri lanka.

        • 14
          1

          I am really happy to see the rise of two young chaps Sujeewa Senasinghe and Harsha De Silva it’s like the rebirth of Minister Gamini Dissanayake and Minister Lalith Athulathmudali. Hope they’ll do well.

    • 8
      7

      Your measuring apples to oranges. Your not considering the size of the population and the available votes.

      • 3
        4

        These Colombo Telegraph aka UNP media Unit henchmen do not have brains to analyse that.

    • 9
      2

      Does he have the guts to deal with the corruption of the Rajapakses – best way to serve Sri Lanka.

    • 5
      4

      UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Good Governance Coalition.

      Congratulations, in the competition against, Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa, Mara and rescuing the Land of Native Veddah Aethho from Mara.

      Sing:

      Victory Over MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa Medamulana MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa MiNi MaRu MaRa
      Victory Over MaRa MaRa Pacha MaRa
      Victory Over Mara Mara Mara MaRa

      Now you may also sing the Jaya Mangala Gatha, in uncontaminated Pali.

      For today, you all need to sing the Jaya Magala Gathaa, in Pali. Tomorrow, get to work, and fix the broken items.

      Jaya Mangala Gatha-Verses of Auspicious Victory (rare Pali version)-Buddhist Chants.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OH9kdeLEX4

      Based on the Book of Protection (Paritta Sutta) from the Pali canon, the Jaya Mangala Gatha is sung here in a rare recording by the Mahabodhi Society of India in original Pali. The Jaya Mangala Gatha is a chant recommended by the Buddha to destroy negativity and to generate auspiciousness. It proclaims the 8 major victories of the Buddha which are:

      1) Victory over Mara ( MarRa)
      2) Victory over the demon Alavaka (Wimal)
      3) Victory over the wild elephant Nalagiri ( Udu Gamanpila)
      4) Victory over serial killer Angulimala (Gotabaya)
      5) Victory over the evil intentions of Cinca who sought to defame (Pavitra) 6) Victory over the haughty brahmin Saccaka (Vasudeva)
      7) Victory over the serpent king Nandopananda (Susil)
      8) Victory over the false views of Brahma Baka (Yapa)

      English translation:

      Creating thousand hands, with weapons
      armed was Mara seated on the
      trumpeting, ferocious elephant Girimekhala.
      Him, together with his army, did the
      Lord of Sages subdue by means of generosity and other virtues.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      More violent than Mara were the
      indocile, obstinate demon Alavaka, who
      battled with the Buddha throughout the
      whole night.
      Him, did the Lord of Sages
      subdue by means of His patience and
      self-control.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      Nalagiri, the mighty elephant, highly
      intoxicated was raging like a forest-fire
      and was terrible as thunder-bolt.
      Sprinkling the waters of loving-kindness,
      this ferocious Beast, did the Lord of
      Sages subdue.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      With uplifted sword, for a distance of
      three leagues, did wicked Angulimala
      run. The Lord of Sages subdued him by
      His psychic powers.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      Her belly bound with faggots, to simulate
      the bigness of pregnancy, Cinca, with
      harsh words made foul accusation in the
      midst of an assemblage. Her, did the
      Lord of Sages subdue by His serene and
      peaceful bearing.
      By its grace may Joyous victory be thine.

      Haughty Saccaka, who ignored truth, was
      like a banner in controversy, and his
      vision was blinded by his own
      disputation. Lighting the lamp of
      wisdom, Him did the Lord of Sages
      subdue.
      By its grace may Joyous victory be thine.

      The wise and powerful serpent
      Nandopananda, the Noble Sage caused
      to be subdued by the psychic power of
      his disciple son (Thero Moggallana).
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      The pure, radiant, majestic Brahma,
      named Baka, whose hand was grievously
      bitten by the snake of tenacious false-views,
      the Lord of Sages cure with His
      medicine of wisdom.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      The wise one, who daily recites and
      earnestly remembers these eight verses
      of joyous victory of the Budhha, will get
      rid of various misfortunes and gain the
      bliss of Nirvana.

    • 4
      1

      Credit where credit is due. TNA may have got less than 5% of the vote, BUT will create 90% of the problems as it has done in the past.

      The Muslims on the whole seem to have rejected ‘Muslim’ parties and gone with the national parties. Tamils also have done this but to a far less extent.

      • 5
        0

        Ramuuuuuuuu

        “TNA may have got less than 5% of the vote, BUT will create 90% of the problems as it has done in the past. “

        So your 10 > 90 or 90 < 10.

        This fits into your line of thinking.

        "Tamils also have done this but to a far less extent."

        So what is your problem?

    • 2
      1

      Where are those doom predictors – Dayan De silva Jaytilaks and Mahindu Fala and Rajeew nutty professor?

      Love to hear what they have to say!

  • 11
    130

    Rajapaksa got 423,529 / 962,423 = 1: 2.272 preferrential votes in Kurunagala…..

    Ranil got 500,566/ 1,208,899 = 1: 2.415 preferential votes in Colombo

    Therefore didn’t Rajapaksa get the highest number of preferential votes? Shouldn’t he become PM?

    • 89
      4

      hahaha, learn numbers !!

      Kurunegala

      TOTAL VALID VOTES 962,423 – 95.44%
      REJECTED VOTES 46,036 – 4.56%
      TOTAL POLLED 1,008,459 – 79.63%
      REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS 1,266,443

      Mahinda Rajapaksa 423,529

      So:- 423,529/ 1,008,459 = 0.42

      Colombo

      TOTAL VALID VOTES 1,208,899 – 96.54%
      REJECTED VOTES 43,372 – 3.46%
      TOTAL POLLED 1,252,271 – 78.93%
      REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS 1,586,598

      Ranil Wickremasinghe 556,600

      So :- 556,600/1,252,271 = 0.44

      • 16
        1

        Appachchi lovers don’t know to count. Please forgive them they see things through their powerful Appachchi’s Vashi Boley.

      • 4
        1

        Gunasekere DJ

        Thanks for the correct numbers.

        Kurunegala
        REJECTED VOTES 46,036 – 4.56%

        Colombo
        REJECTED VOTES 43,372 – 3.46%

        Ratio: (Kurunegala REJECTED VOTES 46,036 – 4.56%)/(Colombo REJECTED VOTES 43,372 – 3.46%)

        =4.56/3.46 =1.318

        More people with Low IQ and low comprehension in Kurunegala compared to Colombo on a relative basis?

        Can somebody do an estimation of the percentage of rejected votes for each District. There seems to be something there buried in the numbers.

        Is the rejection percentage higher or lower for those districts won by UPFA or UNP?

    • 43
      0

      hi wimale, As Always You Were Wrong Again

    • 4
      1

      No.

      • 10
        0

        Sri lankan’s won the world . Dear president and priminister please ensure strict and equal law for your citizen first .You cam save a lot by implementing strict law, We know that Sri lankan’s take the law in to their hand for even minor things . Also please wipeout the discrimination among religious groups .One country one Law is a must. Don’t allow the religious leaders to participate in politics .Separate the religious places from politics. Ensure equal rights to Buddist ,Hindus ,Muslims and Other religious groups and give them the oppotunity to develop Sri lanka within next 10 years.

    • 47
      3

      Mahinda should have contested from Colombo to do a real comparison. He was afraid to do that.

      • 3
        3

        Ranil should have contested from Hambantota.

    • 30
      0

      First ur math is wrong when u took RW votes, ur missing 50,000 votes when MR was in power maybe that how it worked, but in yahapalanaya that will not happen.

      second MR lost the election how can Loosing party get to appoint PM?

      • 3
        0

        500,566 is the correct number in the end. CT got it wrong, but has corrected it since.

    • 4
      0

      ramona

      “Shouldn’t he become PM?”

      For that you need Majority in parliament.

      If you go through District results you may find somebody with over 50% preferential votes, he may be from ITAK (TNA) , so how come he become PM with some 16 parliamentary seats.

      • 2
        1

        John,

        The comparisons can be between the other candidates also,but seniority also has to be given…But as the competition was between the two……well, it can still be considered. And with all the pulling and pushing in parliament, just maybe UPFA will score a majority.

    • 9
      1

      He can be the Prime Mister of Kurunegala then.

      Elections don’t work on ratios, only on the number of seats won. If its won by ratios MR would have contested from Hambantota and not from Kurunegala, where the registered voters are higher.

      • 2
        2

        Raj,
        But he was given Kurunagala. He would have preferred Hambantota, but they drew the districts from a hat.

    • 2
      0

      Is MR from the winning party?

    • 5
      0

      what kind of screwed logic is this?

      i know ur sad that MARA lost but this is downright stupid

    • 6
      0

      Give it up Ramona – your frequent comments are just as erroneous as this one (as DJGunasekera has patiently pointed out).

      And batting for MR and his gang of thieves all the way from the good old USofA will serve you no purpose, unless you put your money where your mouth is and return to experience actually living here – as many of us have done.

      • 1
        1

        Jango,
        Not so erroneous. CT reported the numbers wrong at first. Ranil did indeed get 500,566.

        I would have come back if Rajapaksa was there, but now…..there’ll be too many Indians around.

        • 4
          1

          ramona,

          “I would have come back if Rajapaksa was there, but now…..there’ll be too many Indians around.”

          The interesting paradox of your above statement is that, to a White American you are just an Indian! You are on the other hand worried that there will be many Indians in Sri Lanka! What have you against Indians? Are you a bigot?

          • 1
            2

            BI,

            I LOVE Indians! But you have to have your identity even if you love others. Commercializing with Indians is a good thing. But to build an unnatural land bridge will be like splicing genes to create a more viable commercial model for short term profit.

        • 2
          0

          Ramona – MR has been ‘ruling’ for many years, so what held you back???

          Then your other reason is that there are “too many Indians around”. So you are a bigot as well, are you? Then better stay where you are, as we have our fair share of bigots here, as you must have observed from some of the commenters on CT – your soul mates!

          • 1
            1

            Jango,

            I’m not a rich person, and was saving up. I was going to come back within the next 6 years.

            Again I say : I LOVE Indians! But interacting with them over a land bridge – now that will be a calamity!

            Just picture this – the land bridge connecting to the closest spot of India- Ramanathapuram…………….I mean with 15 million poor Dalits suffering in those areas…..Sri Lanka would be a miracle.

            It will be like the poor Mexicans coming over to the US. Rich Mexicans are quite smug and are deliberately getting rid of their poor people by sending them over. Americans are howling over this, and they want Donald Trump as their next president

            • 2
              0

              Ramona, you seem like a devious individual.

              First, your excuse about not coming back because you are not rich!

              Next, you say you won’t come back because “…..there’ll be too many Indians around.” And now you bring up the ‘Land Bridge’ – which, hasn’t happened yet, and who knows, may never happen!

              Give us a break!

              Anyway, it would be best for all concerned if you stay where you are and confine your ‘love’ for MR through your ludicrous comments. As for the rest of the majority of Sri Lankans, MR is a spent force and has been dumped!

              • 0
                0

                Jango,

                If the land bridge is not built, then Ranil would have been a very good PM indeed. If he is able to implement Yahapalanaya, and let the country thrive that way, then a land-bridge will not be necessary.

                But if e.g. he is unable to put in robust taxation that other capitalistic countries implement, and is a necessary component of capitalism(that being quite impossible with elusive Sri Lankans), then Rajapaksa would have been a better choice.

                Rajapaksa had a more simple system with Chinese…..string of pearls and other things. The only reason it could not have been implemented was because of fear of Western retaliation.

                No, I’m not devious at all :( . Parents left Sri Lanka when I was very young. Now I have too many obligations that make it impossible to leave(financial included……loans and taxation that US lives on……..Sri Lankan individuals hardly having any loans and very little taxation- though the government has plenty).

                • 0
                  0

                  Ramona, your rather convoluted ‘explanation’ about the land bridge doesn’t make sense to me. And the fact that you think Rajapakse is a “better choice IF…” is another exercise in copping out.

                  Rajapakse’s record of corruption, nepotism and other distasteful actions not befitting an enlightened leader is what turned the electorate and decent citizens against him.

                  I guess you have no objection to an immoral leadership intent on authoritarian rule, against human rights and corruption.

                  Looks like you have no idea of what was happening here, as you have no experience in living in what was Rajapakse’s horror administration. Hopefully the law will run its course and the offenders will be put where they belong!

                  Watch – and wait for it!

                  • 0
                    0

                    No, it is not convoluted at all. Ranil wants to implement Yahapalanaya technique. Belling the cat won’t be easy.

                    Trying to create an American capitalistic system that was easy for America to implement ( being a new country), an that is still far away from being good at all, though it is best in the world, will be extremely challenging for Sri Lanka.

                    Sri Lanka is used to having individual money and not credit and fiat money, the way America does. When people go to the Middle East, for example, they come back with lump sums and buy a house cash down. Rarely is a mortgage taken out. Mortgage repayments have huge interest rates in Sri Lanka, unlike USA, that has long expertise in keeping them very low.

                    Trying to implement a decent taxation system in Sri Lanka would also have the spoiled elite evading it at all turns. They, who never paid much taxes, and instaed used the wealth they made of the backs of hard working masses, to indulge in the Western experience, will refuse to pay their fair share for upholding the country structure.

                    Very soon, the only way to balance out the fiscal deficits would be a land bridge to India (that would severely compromise our identity).

                    Rajapaksa’s seeming corruption, nepotism etc. was the appempt at implementing capitslistic rules in a country that had none. With the flush of Chinese money, there were no mechanisms in place to handle them. It went haywire for a while, but things were coming under control. Unfortunately, it looked bad to many of the elite, who are used to not giving away their goodies for the greater cause.

                    For example, a newly formed company making mints of money, had a Rajapaksa cohort demanding a share of the proceeds. Rajapaksa cohort takes the money and impelments it on an essential highway system. In the absence of decent tax system, that was the best way forward.

    • 4
      1

      Still yearning for the Rajapakses as usual !!!!!!!!! Get lost baiyya with your baiyya talk.

    • 1
      0

      ramona therese Fernando, for once I agree with your calculations and so the PM should be a TNA MP from the North! Will you support me (if you did not arrive at your fair solution thinking backwards)?

      • 0
        1

        Shrikharan,

        No indeed, the competition was between the top two leaders – Rajapaksa and Ranil.

        • 1
          0

          Sorry don’t change the rules, you said highest percentage preferential votes, so it should go to TNA. You are a self deceiver. Before you deceive others you first deceive you. Such people never do well in life

          • 0
            1

            Shrikharan,

            I was not going by party votes. I was going by individual votes.

            However, there are many other individual votes that come up with a proportionally higher number. However, we are talking about the 2 main contenders. Comparing them, would give Rajapaksa a higher parity over Ranil- might give him greater legitimacy in the future.

            Many Saints live miserable lives, but they do great things for humanity.

  • 4
    59

    *Correction with the numbers:

    Rajapaksa got 423,529 / 962,423 = 1: 2.272 preferential votes in Kurunagala…..

    Ranil got 556,600 / 1,208,899 = 1: 2.171preferential votes in Colombo

    Therefore, proportionally, didn’t Rajapaksa get the highest number of preferential votes? Shouldn’t he be become PM?

    • 44
      0

      are u dumb?

    • 29
      2

      hahaha, learn numbers !!

      Kurunegala

      TOTAL VALID VOTES 962,423 – 95.44%
      REJECTED VOTES 46,036 – 4.56%
      TOTAL POLLED 1,008,459 – 79.63%
      REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS 1,266,443

      Mahinda Rajapaksa 423,529

      So:- 423,529/ 1,008,459 = 0.42

      Colombo

      TOTAL VALID VOTES 1,208,899 – 96.54%
      REJECTED VOTES 43,372 – 3.46%
      TOTAL POLLED 1,252,271 – 78.93%
      REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS 1,586,598

      Ranil Wickremasinghe 556,600

      So :- 556,600/1,252,271 = 0.44

    • 33
      0

      No, the PM is appointed by the president whom in his opinion is most likely to command the confidence of parliament. He must come from the party who has the majority in the parliament. He is not appointed based on the preferential votes or their percentages. It is irrelevant.

      • 1
        5

        Liyanage,

        Well, things will be pushed and pulled till a majority party is reached. If UPFA comes in as majority, Rajapaksa will command confidence. it will be incumbent upon Sirisena to appoint him.

        In the meantime, the Department of Elections does not give a number for each candidate. One report says Ranil got 500,566. Newspapers can differ. We can only rely on the Department of Elections to give a valid figure.

        • 2
          1

          No, ‘things will NOT be pushed and pulled’ even if MARA might be fervently hoping it might so happen, for him to grab the Premiership. MS knows fully well that his life would be in danger if MARA becomes Premier due to the Constitutional provision allowing the Premier to take over the Presidency in the event anything happens to the President.

          You and others who voted for or support MARA may think that he is such a ‘lovey dovey’ person, not knowing his sinister, machiavellian and conniving ways. MARA will try to “push and pull” as you have correctly said, to create chaos within parliament, as he is knows how to do that best. But this time, IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY!

        • 0
          0

          ramona,

          What on earth are you talking about? Mahinda has conceded his defeat. There is nothing to be pushed or pulled.

          • 0
            0

            Liyanage,

            But he is still to be oppositional leader, and so there can be plenty of crossing-overs all over the place.

            Won’t happen too soon of course (or maybe it will), but if Ranil’s PM-ship is a dismal failure (and so will need a land-bridge to balance numbers), then Rajapaksa’s higher proportional preferential-number will make it only easy for others to hold him up yet again.

            • 0
              0

              ramona,

              Don’t hold your breadth. Mahinda won’t be appointed as the opposition leader as he does not have the support from his party leader nor from his party’s working committee. Ranil will have to do extremely poor to match Mahinda’s dismal failure. But, it remains to be seen.

    • 35
      1

      Your numbers actually prove your logic wrong!! 1 in every 2.171 is actually better result than 1 in every 2.272 in other words, Ranil got 46% of the votes in Colombo while Mahinda gor 44% from Kurunagala! Even before you go there, the party needs to win first!!

      • 19
        2

        Well said.

        It is such people, who cannot understand 1.217 is a better preference than 1.22, follow and promote Mahinda Rajapaksa.

        • 10
          1

          OK,….that….was a mishap on my part….quick to acknowledge…..everybody makes mistakes, especially in calculations (I am not too good with arithmetic). This was one small logical error on my part, quickly understood when pointed out.

          However, when there is a lot more logical progression to understanding concepts, and when one cannot dispute it, then that there is a lot more food for thought.

        • 3
          2

          Gamarala,

          Besides, I was going on my first error of ” Ranil got 500,566/ 1,208,899 = 1: 2.415 ” as in my first comment.

          So, while I did understand the math, and therefore have a very good understanding on who to promote, I made a genuine mistake with an arithmetical calculation punching in numbers on my computer to get 1:2.415, and then failing to see that the number was a bit more the 2nd time around.

      • 10
        0

        Ok….yes, that’s correct…..dumb me! :)

    • 3
      0

      This is hilarious!

      Ramona therese fernando thinks that since 2.272(Rajapaksa) is greater than 2.171(Ranil) Rajapaksa has a higher ratio of preferential votes being ignorant of the fact that the reciprocal has the inverse relationship.

      • 1
        0

        Daham

        My first comment said :

        “Ranil got 500,566/ 1,208,899 = 1: 2.415 preferential votes in Colombo”

        So I got it right the first time (go further up with the comments).

        Rajapaksa did indeed get a higher proportional vote than Ranil!

        CT reported wrong the first time. I tried to correct it with CT’s wrong numbers. then I forgot to look at the comparisons.

    • 5
      0

      Ramona, please do not insult the intelligence of other females, with your retarded comments !

      • 1
        2

        Yeah Tharu, turned out quite intelligent in the end, didn’t I :)))))

        this was my first comment on this article (go further up and look):

        “Ranil got 500,566/ 1,208,899 = 1: 2.415 preferential votes in Colombo “

        Therefore Rajapaksa scored higher proportionally then Ranil.

        CT reported the numbers wrongly, and then I got a little bit confused.

        • 1
          0

          ramona,

          “CT reported the numbers wrongly, and then I got a little bit confused.”

          Let’s be fair, you are confused most of the time! You provide entertainments for the folks on these forums!

          You thought that your name “ramona therese farnando” is an authentic Sinhala name; this says a lot about you!

          • 1
            1

            BI,

            Only with numbers that were erroneously given…..When I am wrong, I admit readily.

            Of course mine is an authentic Sinhalese name. It may not be ancient Sinhalese, but it is certainly a modern Sinhalese name (of 500 years in the making).

            Anyway as Vijaya (who was of the Bengali and Guajarati stock), brought over his language to mix with the local language, some of that Baloch-type names (which is very similar to the Latin names), came down to Sri Lanka. so mine is ancient Lankan too!

            • 0
              0

              BI,

              I simply want to tell the truth. If I am entertaining to some on this forum, then that is ok too.

            • 0
              0

              ramona mother therese fernando

              You are probably the descendant of Riwat, Olduwan, Soanian, … civilization if not people of Sith.

              • 0
                0

                NV,

                Who the heck are those?

                • 0
                  0

                  NV,

                  All South Asians(including Lankans)are descendant from those. Proud to be uniquely Lankan!

    • 0
      0

      This is a bit like Dayan’s logic. Wait a little, he must be crunching the numbers to give a new twist. For a moment I though it was one of Dayan’s letters.

  • 53
    2

    People who voted against Rajapaksa have chosen the MPs sensibly. However, people who voted for the UPLF are not concerned about good governance and voted in, all corrupt MPs including Johnston and Arundika Fernando, Keheliya, Welgama,Rohitha Abeygunawardana(Raththaran Hora), Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Nimal Lansa etc. Good people like Mahinda Samarasinghe has been voted out by the idiotic people. It seems SLFPers who were on the side of President have not been able to get into the parliament. It is sad to note that all rogues have entered the parliament using big rogue Mahinda Rajapaks’s name. President Sirisena should take the full responsibility for letting these guys contest under the UPLF ticket. He should now at least start the investigations against them.

    • 7
      0

      Spot on. I could not believe we still have people who vote for corrupt politicians. As Daham very rightly says, President Sirisena should take the responsibility for letting the bad guys nominations. Lets hope he will try to make amends at least now.

    • 7
      0

      Your comment is spot on! it shows what a corrupt party the UPFA is.. the rogues & murderers dominate while the few good people are left out. sad part is even the voters blindly keep on electing the same old jokers (wimal, gembanpila, johny etc)

    • 11
      0

      Guys check this out , who can beat this

      Rathnapura winning UPFA list ,

      1) Premalal Jayasekara(Choka Malli ) -154980 votes , in remand custody for killing a UNP supporter.

      2)W.D.J Senaviratna -90472 votes , Being accused for covering up gruesome murders of innocent women by his secretary in Rathnapura .

      3)Pavitradevi Wanniarachchi-87660 , publicly declared that MR would free murder suspect Choka Malli from remand custody.

      4)Wasudewa Nanayakkara-81068 , scolded PM Ranil in raw filth at the parliament.

      surely Rathnapura people must be eating ” Punnakku ” as their staple food .

  • 27
    3

    Congratulations Ranil!You have shown the world that failure is not fatal, and that it is never a personal indictment of character and ability and by winning a staggering number of votes proved your leadership qualities and resilience.
    Looks like the age of intrigue and deception has gone;the age of humanity has come to Sri Lanka.
    Consensual politics should be the order of the day, leading to “Consensus democracy” as opposed to the prevailing system where minority opinions can potentially be ignored by vote-winning majorities.

  • 18
    0

    Out of the 83 UPLF MPs elected by the people only a handful such as Duminda Dissanayaka are Sirisena Sympathisers and the rest is die-hard Rajapaksa supporters. As such, President Sirisena will have no future in the SLFP and he will never be allowed to clean the SLFP. The best option for the country is for the president to join the UNP with his handful of MPs. This will enable the UNP to form a stable government provided the UNPers who do not get ministerial postitions will not be bought by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  • 4
    23

    Here’s some more numbers:

    86.9% of the people who voted for UNP in Colombo, voted for Ranil. (556,600/640,743)

    89.3% of the people who voted for UPFA in Kurunegala, voted for Mahinda. (423,529/474,124)

    Put this in another way – 13.1% of UNP voters DIDNT vote for Ranil, while only 10.7% of voters didnt vote for Mahinda.

    • 10
      1

      Peoples in Colombo knew Ranil was safe and therefore used their good judgement to vote for the other excellent and well qualified candidates that also ran from the UNP while the utter uneducated mutts in the UPFA voted for the biggest thugs and crooks Sri Lankan politics have ever seen. They even did not have the foresight to vote for the genuine qualified SLFPers. These miserable bunch of idiots need to be sent to a civics class and made to pass a exam before being granted the right to vote again. They are that stupid and guided by the most narrow minded gutter politics. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it.

      • 4
        1

        While congratulating Ranil and Co., on a well deserved victory, I am sorry that Rosy failed to get elected, considering her untiring efforts to pave the way for UNP to win the General Election. She is a lady politician all women could be proud of. Sadly, the cross overs from UPFA accommodated by the UNP, got the preferential votes in Colombo pushing Rosy out.
        Hope she will be given a slot in the UNP National List.

    • 4
      0

      You are comparing apples with oranges. The bottom line is the party led by Ranil obtained 45.66%(5,098,916) of the votes and the party led by Mahinda got only 42.38%(4,732,664) and most importantly, Ranil’s party won 106 seats whereas Mahinda’s party won only 95. At the end of the day these are the numbers that count.

    • 3
      0

      So those who voted for UNP were more convinced that Ranil will anyway win, wanted others to come to parliament. While those who voted UPFA weren’t sure if MR will come to Parliament.

  • 2
    0

    those criminal and other under world figures come to parliament thanks to preferential vote.
    But justice will be served no matter what. whether they are in parliament or out.

  • 1
    2

    While congratulating RW on his percentage of preferences obtained, (a practice he declared as corrupting the political system) let me pose this question.

    As RW repeatedly stated UNP was not contesting alone. It was a grouping of UNP, JHU, SLMC, and Estate Tamils etc who contested under the UNP banner.

    Having in the fore front to defeat MR in January the tide was towards the UNP. UNP was in Government and most powerful ministries were with the UNP. Even the President was indirectly supporting them.

    However with such a favourable conditions they managed to win only 106 seats. Was it a real victory for UNP?

  • 7
    0

    So WHAT? MaRa never going to be President or Prime Minister again!
    Thanks to Kurunagala Modayas, he became only a MP. That mean no more Hon, Sir or Maharaja. He’s going to rot in Parliament like an old elephant dung :) !!!

    I will be surprised if he goes to Parliament at least once before his resignation. If he doesn’t go to parliament as a MP, he betrays the people who voted for him again…..

  • 3
    0

    The ground reality is that the UNP needs to learn to be strong leaders. Otherwise there will be crime, and even terrorism in the future. This is the reason so called “rogues” were able to get so much votes. In a country like Srilanka socio-economic problems depending on police and other government departments to do the job is like asking tigers and lions to look after deers in the jungle. So please Ranil and Maithri learn from Buddha – “sakko ujjucha suchocha, suwachochassa mrudu anathimani” – Be strong and straight forward as much as being gentle”

  • 0
    7

    It looks like most of the muslims and tamil voters in colombo voted for Ranil W. UPFA will have to introduce couple of strong candidates (Smart but not extremist with unreasonable demands)to represent the minority in many areas. We did well with MR as the leader, if it was Nimal Siripala it would have been disaster, however MR will be excellent as the leader of opposition :-)

  • 5
    0

    Can any decent person in Sri Lanka believe the following election result?

    “Former UPFA MP Premalal Jayasekara, who is in remand prison accused of murder, led the preferential votes in Ratnapura with 154,980 preferences”

    President Sirisena has performed a Sin by allowing this to happen.

    Isn’t it high time to get rid of this system of electing criminals to the parliament?

  • 1
    0

    Whats amazing is Colombo No. 1 top slot topped nearly 300k votes went the a person who has studied only upto grade 8. He seems also has done a lot to his supporters being a Minister had got his returns. Cheers to his intelligent Colombo Team members & supporters.

  • 1
    3

    Congrats Ranil for a RIGHT ROYAL VICTORY
    As I mentioned in an earlier posting two things stood in your favour which the public acknowledged by way of the ballot.
    MR. CLEAN
    and PATIENCE
    for surely PATIENCE will be rewarded. You must thank your uncle your mentor for grilling that to you about patience as he too had that noble quality.

    As an old Royalist on behalf of all old Royalists and present “YOU KEPT THE FLAME INVIOLATE”

    • 6
      0

      We have had enough of this Royal BS , Ranil’s stupid attempt in covering up the right royal mess in Central bank had cost UNP dearly , how can any one justify UNP narrow victory against a hugely unpopular MR’s gang of thieves ? MR has managed to bring back all most all the thieves , Rapists , narcotic dealers , Ethanol traders etc even without the state resources , how could that be possible ? we were made to believe that all these undesirable characters were in the habit of buying their votes , but this time , was it possible ? every body was against the former regime , even the Cartoonists , still MR managed to come very close to the winning margin , what went wrong ?

  • 0
    7

    Mahinda Samarasingha and SB and Vijayamuni Soyaza would have crossed over it’s great that most of the UPFA voters went against MI3 biased candidates. It’s a pity that people like Ranjan Ramanayaka, Ravi K, Rajitha Senaratne and Hirunika made it through the UNP. This is the best time for MR lead UPFA to do reforms and groom new candidates for upcoming elections, focusing on people with great personality and with administrative and ground level knowledge preferably from the military. UPFA should concentrate more on places like Badulla and pull out the disastrous failures irrespective of seniority and introduce new faces.

  • 6
    0

    Despite Colombo Telegraph’s best efforts to sling mud at Ranil and the UNP, they prevailed. I am happy to know that the majority of SL know better than to fall for these tactics. Here’s hoping the paid poison pens stop and we have a more responsible media with freedom to express the truth in future…

  • 4
    2

    The bitter truth is it’s minorities who tilted the votes in favor of UNF/UPF (If I being bit arrogant I would say it’s for the betterment of whole of Sri Lanka)

    If you look at the votes in a honest view, the majority community is split between the 2 major parties (maybe slightly towards pro MR SLFP and Sadanaya)
    JVP will not be able to form a government in Sri Lanka in the foreseeable future unless they change their approach they will not go beyond few seats.

    It’s the votes of minorities which builds the lead. Look at Colombo vote and Gall vote. Wimal/Udaya/Bandula these are people SLPF voters voted and majority is from Singhala Buddhist voters. I would say 90% of minority communities in Colombo voted for UNF (even for Champika R) This is the reason Gota desperately tired to displace to Colombo minorities.

    Now Look at Gall who did the SLFP’s in Gall voted they voted for Sarah Muth/Geeta. They left out Sunil H. how pathetic is that ?

    I cannot help but conclude with 2 obvious points.

    1. Majority community is still voting for Singhala Buddhist candidates irrespective of their capabilities.

    2. Island wide without the vote of the minorities (I am excluding North) UNF would not have got gone pass the SLFP candidates vote count. We would be looking at MARA as PM.

    There is still a lot to learn for our people. I am hopeful with 5 years of RW/MS the political culture in Sri Lanka will change.

    I would also like to say a big thank you to all voters specially the minority voters who tilted the balance towards good governance in this election.

    • 2
      4

      Do hope it’not to fulfill unreasonable demands of extremist minority groups who tilted the votes in favour of themselves.

      • 6
        1

        Only extremism in this country post 2009 has been shown the door island wide. That has shown there are around 2-3,000 racist Buddhists in this country.

        Just because Muslim dress code has changed or they seems to be more religious don’t assume they are extremist. They have proven with this vote they are against extremism. Just like what LTTE did in 2005 collectively if all minorities wanted chaos in Sri Lanka best person to give leadership for that is MARA. But as I said minorities voted for peace, coexistence and prosperity for all.

        The real Muslims extremist has gone to join the ISIS. They will fight and die there for a losing cause. Probably die as a person who has neglected fundamentals of Islam. As ISIS fight is non Islamic.

      • 4
        1

        This extremist shit is only BBS talk. Muslims have been EXTREMELY PATIENT in the face of the highest provocation from BBS and other racist groups. All Sri Lankans know under what severe pressure and circumstances the Muslim community lived under the Gota sponsored BBS, SR, RB period. Still not one reaction from the Muslims, only prayers.
        Muslims in Sri Lanka learned with the advent of the Internet and other new technology about true Islam and how a true Muslim should live. When the Muslims changed their life style accordingly, then the EXTREMIST CHORUS began by groups with their own Agenda to push through.
        So please understand this and not call ALL MUSLIMS EXTREMISTS in the same way that just because of BBS and other racist groups ALL BUDDHISTS cannot be called EXTREMISTS.
        As a point of interest, was it observed that the BBS and other racist groups NEVER CALLED for the abolition of DRUGS, CASINOS, GAMBLING etc. WHY ? Were the minorities more a THREAT to SriLankan society than the above elements ?
        Muslims are not without fault though.

  • 3
    1

    Congratulations to Ranil for winning and polling more than the individual total party votes of either the ITAK and the JVP

    Thanks to the thug in MR and his racist policies several alleged criminals have been elected and some fools have voted people like Wimal (lemon puff hero) and Lanza in.

    Rajapaksa should at least now realize that antagonizing the minorities will not work

    Diaspora should also realize their antics wont work as their candidate in the North and East has been dumped big time

    Everything points to a new and better SRI LANKA

    Other than the MR clan the other big time losers are Laptop hero Malinda S,HLDM from Australia,Champa (who has a crush on MR),K A Sumanasekera the single malt hero,Dayan who badly wanted and overseas posting ,Tissa Attanayake who must be drowning in sorrows and Ella Kolla who has lost his speech ;-)

  • 2
    2

    Yes Congrats to the UNP coalition that won in great style. Now its time to pull your boots and get down to the business of Good governance, scandan/corruption free governance, stop pussyfooting around with the punishment to be meted out to ALL the wrong doers and plunderers of the previous regime. The people are still waiting for justice impatiently. Get development projects started in the Rural areas, get closer to the poor, start up the economy and let investments pour in without strings attached. This victory came with a WARNING from the people. The UNP better remember their ICE AGE period when they could not win elections in a long long time. Hit the Ground running and elevate this country into something spectacular.
    While the Minorities did play their hand in pushing this coalition to victory along with like minded Sinhala bretheren, it is quite sad to notice that the Sinhala voters on the UPFA side have voted JUST BECAUSE that candidate was a SINHALA BUDDHIST. They have not even blinked their eye to ensure if that particular candidate was of good integrity. People should realize that corruption and plunder is from THEIR OWN MONEY that they pay as TAXES even if they buy CHOCHOLATES for their children.
    Votes should be given to candidates of integrity and honesty. Candidates who will work for the betterment of the public.
    Thanks to us VOTERS who have made this wise decision on behalf of the Country. SRI LANKAWATA JAYA WEWA !

  • 0
    0

    It is very unfair to judge ones popularity with the preference votes. You must also relate same to the money’s spent on TV, print media, posters etc by these individuals. There are genuine ones but because they cannot spend the type of money as others they list behind.

  • 2
    1

    Like a battle weary elephant,Ranil withstood the onslaught of insults and abuse hurled at him not only by his opponents but even from members of his own party. He battled on courageously and never lost his cool.Congratulations sir,on your well deserved victory.I am confident that you will steer this country on the correct path to peace and prosperity.

    • 1
      0

      Ranil should be known as Mr.cool in future.Chandrika,MR are all too emotional and let their heart make the decisions.Ranil is the best guy for the present times and more like a western leader,cool and calm.

  • 0
    0

    the size of the electorate has to be taken into consideration.In colombo district 1.2 million had voted,whereas in kurunegala only 960000 had voted.colombo is definitely easier to get 500000 from than in kurunegala.So mahinda has done better than ranil.Another chap who has done better than ranil is harin from the much smaller electorate of badulla.mahinda,harin and ranil stand head and shoulders above others in that order.namal and sajit also have done well and so has prasanna ranatunge.The two leading candidates from the UNP and UPFA in pollonnaruwa have also fared well.The frontrunner in kalutara also and maddumma bandara i forget from where.

  • 0
    0

    my comments is that ranil has got npot sinhala vote muslim tamils who lives in colombo and HARDCORE blood green unpers.Anywat afte 29 defeats with thw help of westerners and bloody indians tehy won.

  • 0
    0

    Majority voters misread and miscalculated the overall policies of UNP.
    Public misunderstood real term of politics of UNP of Wicramasinghe.

    Party of UNP leadership has not change policy OLD TYPE of Democracy and OLD MODEL of ECONOMY.

    Time has change ,but UNP has not change line of National policies.

  • 0
    0

    The Colombo District has the largest percentage of educated voters.
    These educated citizens have overwhelmingly voted for Ranil.
    They cast the largest number of preferential votes for him.

    Now, Ranil Wickremasinghe has to live up to the praise and trust showered upon him.
    This will be a very difficult task.
    If he succeeds in ensuring Equality Among All Citizens in every sense of the word, our nation will be transformed into a real democracy.
    I wish him all the very best.

    • 0
      0

      Accept the fact that Ranil’s Manapes are with complements of the teeming Colombo Muslim population and the left over Tamils.

      MR’s manapes on the other hand came from the Sinhala heartland. There is no comparison.

      Anyway, people who have been cursing the Manape system for all their political ills are gloating now when arithmetic favours them.

      What corruption of Yahapalanaya fraudsters!

      • 0
        0

        Senevi,

        You dumb Idiot, Urban Colombo has by comparison a larger population of the educated in this society, while Kurunegala largely has the uneducated villagers. Besides a vote has no bearing that it is Tamil, Muslim or Sinhalese as all are citizens of this country and are equal. What convoluted Logic are you trying to peddle? The fact that you are trying to identify the vote on ethnic lines itself negates Democracy that a franchise delivers. Bloody Gob!

  • 0
    0

    RW would not have dared to contest outside Colombo for a prominent place in the preferential list whereas for MR options are numerous. Do not forget, whether in power or not MR is the most popular leader in our country.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.