Due to the delay in announcing the final election result, the oath taking ceremony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe which was slated to happen today has been postponed, party sources said.
Earlier in the day Minister John Amaratunge had said that Wickremesinghe will take oaths before the President in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were engaged in lengthy talks on forming of the new government today, party sources said.
The UNP which secured 106 seats fell short of an absolute majority by 07 seats. However, some UPFA members who are loyal to President Sirisena are likely to join the government.
Meanwhile the Elections Department a short while ago announced the bonus seats allocated for each political party. The Bonus seats allocations are as follows, UNP 13, UPFA 12, JVP 2, ITAK 2, SLMC 1, EPDP 1.
With the bonus seats, the United National Party has secured 106 seats while the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has secured 95 seats. The JVP’s tally meanwhile is 06 and ITAK 16 seats, SLMC 1 and EPDP 1.
The United National Party claimed victory at the 2015 parliamentary polls receiving 5,098,927 votes which is 45.66 percent of the votes.
The main opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) where the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa led the campaign received 4,732,669 or 42.38 percent of votes.
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.