Sri Lanka polling ends peacefully with high voter turnout
Posted on January 8th, 2015

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Sri Lankans today voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in which incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking a record third term against his friend-turned-foe Maithripala Sirisena, with an unusually high voter turnout in Tamil and Muslim areas.

There were no major reports of violence, although private monitoring group the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said some voters had been prevented from voting that ended at 4 pm local time.

Election officials estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting in most places in the first seven hours of voting.

Some 1,586,598 of the country’s 21 million population are eligible to vote. About 1,076 polling stations were set for elections.

There are 19 candidates in the fray. But the main fight is between two-term president 69-year-old Rajapaksa and his 63-year-old former cabinet colleague Sirisena.

We will have a resounding victory. That is very clear. From tomorrow, we will start implementing our manifesto,” he told reporters in his constituency in Hambantota.

Voters from minority Tamil community turned out to vote in large numbers in the areas dominated by them, defying intimidation attempts. In the three northern districts of Tamil regions in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu over 50% polling was recorded. In some Muslim dominated areas, mosques’ loudspeakers were used by the community members to encourage voters to cast their votes.

7 Responses to “Sri Lanka polling ends peacefully with high voter turnout”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Hot news is Sira will lose and Mahinda our great leader will win as usual. 30th defeat to the traitor Ranil.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    CHAM PAKA THE JACK-ASS AS STATED IN THE DN EDITORIAL WENT TO APOLOGISE TO MR> LESTER JAMES PEIRIS AND GOT A SNUB> HE DID NOT WANT TO SEE THE JACK-ASS. THIS BUGGER IS TRYING A FAST ONE TO AVOID BEING SUED. HE WANTED TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH WITH MRS.PERIES, AND SHE SAID, THAT HER NECK CAN ALSO BE CUT. DAMNING HYPOCRITE. HE HAS TO FACE COURTS. GOOD FOR HIM.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ratnapura District results: 56.6% for MR! Jayawewa!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oops! The 56.6% is just the Postal Votes .. I think!

  5. Nimal Says:

    It’s the postal votes for MR at Ratnapura.

  6. SenaD Says:

    ranjit, “30th defeat to the traitor Ranil.”

    His primary goal was to safeguard his position as the leader of the opposition and because he got the support of his deputy Sajith and their central committee he might still manage it this time too!.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Palwatte Gamaralage Maithripalaa Yaya Sirisena has WON the Presidentiaal Election by approximately 450,000 votes in a shocking demonstration of COMMUNAL POLITICS at work. He wwill be sworn in as President TODAY.

    He won because the Sinhala Buddhist vote was SPLIT RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE, while minority communities (Tamils, Muslims and Christians) voted in monolithic BLOCKS!

    SPLITTING the Sinhala Buddhist Vote was the STRATEGY of the FOREIGN REGIME CHANGE ARTISTES all along, and they succeeded with the aid of a few Sinhala Buddhist DROHIYAS.

    All the CRAP about “DHUSHANA” and YAHA-PALANAYA” was just a PRETEXT & SMOKE SCREEN to do their DIRTY WORK, to undermine the Sinhala Buddhist community by splitting their vote and GRAB the REINS OF POWER.

    Sadly, MANY SINHALA BUDDHISTS fell for it, while many hidden agitators, including those who abandoned LankaWeb for more fertile pastures on Facebook, worked assiduously for it on the Internet.

    The SAME TREACHERY that enslaved our Motherland in 1815 has WORKED AGAIN: Sri Lanka will now be ruled by those BEHOLDEN to Separatists, Foreign Puppets, and Religious minorities. A new dark age will descend on our dear Motherland for the NEXT SIX YEARS of the new President as he dismatles our nation to satisfy the destructive demands of thos centrifugal forces who brought him to power.

    I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE that my PREDICTION of a 62.5% victory was WRONG, and my CONFIDENCE in the GOOD SENSE of the voters of my country, especially the Sinhala Buddhists, was GREATLY MISPLACED.

    They were COMPLETELY OUTWITTED in this Election, and allowed their vote to be SPLIT IN MIDDLE by a devious Machiavellian plot headed by a NEW Pilimathalawa in 2015, that manipulated them to DIVIDE & RULE them!

    In particular, now expect to see the following as CONSEQUENCES of this DEFEAT of the PATRIOTIC FORCES of Sri Lanka:

    1. Police and Land Powers will be given to Communal Provincial Governments in the North (Tamil) and the East (Muslim), and perhaps MORE.

    2. The ARMED FORCES and MILITARY CAMPS stained in those areas will be withdrawn from the North and East giving FULL OPPORTUNITY for exclusive ETHNO-RELIGIOUS states to be AGAIN setup in those areas, and Provincial armed forces to be surreptiously created.

    3. Border protection against ILLEGAL SMUGGLING of commercial goods, arms, and Indians from Tamil Nadu wll begin anew.

    4. NGOs will run amok in the country with restrictions against their anti-national activities removed or not enforced.

    5. Foreign powers inimical to Sri Lanka, even military and intelligence units, will move into Sri Lanka from the West and from India with their kit and baggage to setup a PERMANENT and CONTROLLING intelligence, military and economic presence that will TRANSFORM Sri Lanka into a Foreign Colony.

    6. The security restrictions against the award of Dual Citizenship to enemies of Sri Lanka residing abroad will be relaxed and citizenship will be awarded and/or sold to all for the price of asking, compromising the inalienable rights of the citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Lastly, I want to say to my STUPID countrymen that YOU WILL RUE THIS DAY that you handed your Resplendent Motherland, bound hand and foot, to its ENEMIES!

    In particular, I want to say:

    Aiyoooo Sirisenaaaa … Whaat have you done to yourself and your Motherland!

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