With the election just weeks away, candidates are in a bid to woo that highly coveted floating vote.
In a blog post he wrote last week that made quite a stir online, computer scientist Nuwan Senaratne analysed the results of the last four presidential elections – from 1999 to 2015. He concluded that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led alliance, which he called the ‘blues’ has a 44% voter base, while the rival United National Party (UNP) or the ‘greens’ are trailing slightly behind with a 39% base.
While these base votes are more or less guaranteed, says Senaratne, the remaining 17% floating may decide the outcome of the election.
In this podcast, we talk to Senaratne, about the methods he used and the conclusions he drew in his analysis. Please click the play button below to listen. The podcast is also available on Spotify and will be available on Apple Podcasts and other platforms soon.
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