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Tuesday June 18th, 2024

Major changes in polling divisions won by Sirisena in 2015

Presidential Election 2019 which was held last Saturday (16 Nov) shows a significant change in voting patterns when compared to the 2015 election in many Polling divisions which were won last time by Maithripala Sirisena.

In the Gampaha district which had the most number of registered voters of 1,751,892 and out which 1,443,800 were valid votes voted, shows that the SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has able to turn tables in the entire district which was won by Sirisena last time.

Major defeats for the UNP lead NDF candidate Sajith Premadasa can be seen from Katana and Ja-Ela polling divisions and especially Katuwapitiya where the Chuch was hit in the Easter Sunday attacks.

When it comes to Kandy district it had also suffered the same fate as Gampaha district where the SLPP has managed to secure the victory of the overall district, which was lost by Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015.

Polling divisions like Kundasale, Teldeniya, Senkadagala and Yatinuwara which were won in 2015 were lost by Sajith Premadasa while he had barely won the polling divisions like Udunuwara and Patha Dumbara which were won by large margins in 2015.

Meanwhile, Sajith Premadasa was able to maintain his lead in the Nuwara-Eliya district, although there are changes in the overall percentages. While Gotabaya Rajapaksa only managed to secure the Hanguranketha polling division.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was able to strengthen the overall victory in Matale district while Sajith Premadasa was only able to win the Matale polling division by a majority of 700 odd votes.

Sajith Premadasa was able to win the Galle polling division while Gotabaya Rajapaksa was able to take a record-breaking overall percentage of votes in Galle district of 64.26% when compared to 2005, 2010 and 2015 presidential elections.

The same strengthening of power could be seen in the Matara district where the overall percentage of the district was greater than the previous presidential elections since 2005. On the other hand, Sajith Premadasa lost Matara polling division by more than 50 per cent votes which was won by Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.

While Gotabaya Rajapaksa was able to further strengthen the power compared to 2015 in Kegalle and Hambantota districts which was also the district of Sajith Premadasa, his opponent was able to strengthen power in Jaffna and Batticaloa 2015.

UNP led alliance NDF could not retain the victory of the Polonnaruwa district which was the home district of Maithripala Sirisena with SLFP led by Sirisena backing Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Kurunegala district also follows the same fate as the Gampaha district where Sajith Premadasa has managed to loose the two polling division won by their faction in 2015, which are Kurunegala and Mawathagama.

Surprisingly Sajith Premadasa has managed score the least percentage of votes in Colombo district which had also led to the highest percentage scored by their opposite fraction in a presidential election since 2005.

Polling divisions such as Rathmalana, Kotte, Kollanawa and Moratuwa were lost this time when compared to 2015.

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Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber links up with Gujarat Chamber

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has signed an agreement with the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) to increase trade cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.

The MOU was signed by CCC CEO Buwanekabahu Perera, SGCCI President Ramesh Vaghasia, in the presence of Dr Valsan Vethody, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India.

“With the signing of the MoU, … the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and SGCCI aim to facilitate trade between the two countries via initiatives such as trade fairs and delegations, business networking events, training programmes,” the Ceylon Chamber said in a statement.

“This partnership will open doors for Sri Lankan businesses to explore opportunities in Surat’s dynamic market and enable the sharing of expertise and resources between the two regions.”

Established in 1940, SGCCI engages with over 12,000 members and indirect ties with more than 2,00,000 members via 150 associations. It promotes trade, commerce, and industry in South Gujarat.

The region’s commercial and economic centre Surat has risen to prominence as the global epicenter for diamond cutting and as India’s textile hub, and is ranked the world’s 4th fastest growing city with a GDP growth rate of 11.5%

Surat’s economic landscape is vibrant and diverse. As India’s 8th largest and Gujarat’s 2nd largest city, it boasts the highest average annual household income in the country.

The nearby Hazira Industrial Area hosts major corporations like Reliance, ESSAR, SHELL, and L&T. (Colombo/Jun18/2024)

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Sri Lanka telecommunications bill some clauses ruled unconstitutional by SC: Speaker

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has found a number of clauses in a proposed amendment to the Telecom Telecommunications Amendment bill unconstitutional, speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said.

“Clause No 8, proposed section 9A 2 of the bill is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution, however this inconsistency shall cease if word ‘may’ will be replaced with word ‘shall’ as set out in the determination of the supreme court.”

“Clause No 9 is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution and only can be passed with special majority required under paragraph 2 of the Article 84. However, the inconsistency shall cease if clause is amended as set out in the determination of the supreme court.

Clause No 12, proposed section 17 10 of the bill is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution and can only be passed with special parliament majority required under Article 84 paragraph 2. However, the inconsistency shall cease if clause is amended as set out in the determination of the supreme court.”

Sections of clauses 13, 18, 20, 33 and 35 were also in violation of the constitution, and could only be passed by a special majority of parliament. (Colombo/Jun18/2024)

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Sri Lanka to exempt one house from imputed rent wealth tax: President

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will exempt one house from a proposed wealth tax outlined in an International Monetary Fund program, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

About 90 percent of the people’s houses are likely to be exempt from the proposed tax, he said.

“[O]ne house will be exempt from this,” President Wickremesinghe told parliament Monday.

“It is going to have a very high threshold and I do not think the vast majority of the people in this country should even be worried about their house

“Don’t worry your house will be safe.”

The IMF program document however did not mention an exempt on one house, but did mention a threshold.

Taxing houses and thrift in general could have detrimental effects on people’s well-being housing stock and their willingness to remain in the country without migrating, critics say.

Related Sri Lanka to tax imaginary rents on houses under IMF deal

The mechanism of imputed rents was used because rates on houses was assigned to provincial councils and courts could strike it down.

Opposition legislator Harsha de Silva said the Samagi Jana Balwegaya welcomed President Wickremesinghe’s statement. (Colombo/June18/2024)

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