Views expressed as Colombo, Gampaha preferential votes are released

Views expressed as Colombo, Gampaha preferential votes are released

Views expressed as Colombo, Gampaha preferential votes are released

Written by Staff Writer

19 Aug, 2015 | 8:24 pm

Preferential votes for the Colombo and Gampaha Districts were released in the wee hours of the morning. The District of Colombo was the most competitive of all districts. Ranil Wickremesinghe secured the highest number of preferential votes at Monday’s election.

Large crowds were seen at the Counting Centre at Royal College in Colombo Tuesday night, anticipating the preferential votes for the Colombo District.

Several factions also raised objections during the counting of preferential votes.

Tissa Jinadasa: “… I am the secretary of Ravi Karunanayake. My name is Tissa Jinadasa …”

Q : “… Are you voicing your opposition? …”

A : “.. Yes. I am …”

Q : “… Can you elaborate the reason?”

A: “… Based on the calculations that we made, Ravi Karunanayake was placed second, but now there is a rumour that he is in third position. We are protesting against that …”

Q : “… If such a thing had happened, who will be behind it?…”

A : “… We are asking this from the returning officers …”

The final results of the preferential votes were announced by the district returning officer at two on Wednesday morning.

Kamal Padmasiri , District Returning Officer for Colombo, stated that as a responsible government official he does not think about the time because they wanted to deliver the accurate result.

He added that all those who had doubts spoke to them in a very cordial and friendly manner after the results were announced.

Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe topped the Colombo preferential votes list at the 2015 Parliamentary election, with 500,566 votes.

Sujeewa Senasinghe came in second with 117,049 votes. Dr. Harsha De Silva obtained 114,148 votes and Ravi Karunanayake came in fourth with 111,394 votes. The others who secured higher number of preferential votes for the UNP in order are, Patali Champika Ranawaka, S.M. Marikkar, Mujibur Rahuman, Eran Wickremeratne, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Hirunika Premachandra and Mano Ganeshan.

Wimal Weerawansa topped the preferential votes for the UPFA in Colombo with 313, 801 votes.Udaya Gammanpila came in second with 198,818 preferential votes for the UPFA.

The others who secured higher number of preferential votes from the UPFA in order are Susil Premajayantha, Dinesh Gunawardena, Bandula Gunawardena , Mohan Lal Grero and Gamini Lokuge.

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake secured 65,966 preferential votes for the JVP from the Colombo District.

UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe stated that he came in came in second after the leader from the Colombo District and he takes this as an honour vested in him by the people.

He also added that he will use this respect for the future of the country.

UNP MP, S.M. Marikkar stated that he wishes to thank the people of Central Colombo and Kolonnawa for elevating him to sixth position in the list which includes the Prime Minister and other Ministers.

He went on to note that as youth parlimentarians they hope to do their best for the people and the future generation.

UNP MP, Dr. Harsha De Silva stated that he takes this as a massive responsibility and will work one hurded percent to fulfill the aspirations of the people. UNP MP, Eran Wickremeratne stated that he will render his support to the President and the Prime Minister to uplift the economy based on the Good Governance and to further ensure the Good Governance.

The Preferential votes for the Gampaha District were also announced early Wednesday morning. Ranjan Ramanayake who topped the UNP list secured 216,463 votes. Arjuna Ranatunga came in second with 165,890 votes.

The other who secured higher number preferential votes from the UNP from Gampaha were Ruwan Wijewardena, Harshana Rajakaruna, Ajith Mannaperuma, John Amaratunga , Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena, Chathura Senaratne and Edward Gunasekera.

For the United People’s Freedom Alliance it was Prasanna Ranatunga who topped the list with 384,448 votes. Prasanna Ranaweera came in second with 112, 395 votes. Nimal Lanza was elected to Parliament with 94, 375 preferential votes.

The other who were elected from the UPFA were Sirira Jayakody, Indika Anurudhdha, Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Dulip Wijesekara.

Vijitha Herath was only JVP candidate who was elected from the Gampaha District.

Ranjan Ramanayake stated that within 50 days the people of the Gampaha District have elected him with over 200,000 votes as it will be a strength to nab the rouges.

Ruwan Wijewardene stated that as a public representative he will render a service to the people of Biyagama and the District. He added that they will continue with the development plans of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and make my electorate and the Gampaha District victorious.

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