Over 1.2 million new votes registered for Sri Lanka’s upcoming polls
ECONOMYNEXT – Over 1.2 million new votes are expected to be cast in the upcoming parliamentary election in Sri Lanka which is scheduled to be held on August 05 this year.
According to the data published by the Election Commission, 1,219,395 new voters have registered for the 2020 parliamentary elections since the 2015 polls.
Election commission data showed a total of 16,263,885 voters have registered to vote at the upcoming election, 31.95 percent of them being youth voters in the ages 18 -25 and 1.67 percent first time voters.
The data showed 271,789 new voters have registered since latest November’s presidential polls.
From the 22 electoral districts, Colombo records the highest new voter registrations at 38,806. The lowest is 4,666 new registrations in the Polonnaruwa district.
With its new registered voters, Gampaha district holds the highest number of voters at 1,785,964, while Colombo holds the second place with 1,709,209 voters.
The Vanni electoral division comes at last place with 287,024 registered voters.
However, according to an informal opinion poll EconomyNext conducted on Facebook, out of a sample size of 150, nearly half (47%) of people in the ages between 18 and 26 said that they will not vote at the upcoming elections for various reasons.
The main political parties competing for the majority in parliament have made numerous campaign promises such as job security in order to attract first time voters and the youth community while also giving opportunity for youth candidates to compete in the upcoming election. (Colombo /Jul29/2020)