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Sri Lanka Podujana Party takes early lead in 2020 general elections

ECONMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Podujana Party of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has take an early lead in results with ovoer 15 percent of the polling divisions declared so far taking around 70 percent of the votes in most polling divisions except in the North of the island.

In a campaign led by his brother Mahinda, the SLPP has swept over 30 polling divisions declared so far, except two in the north, out of a total of 196.

In Galle district, all polling divisions were taken by the party.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya led by Sajith Premadasa was a distant third taking about 13 to 20 percent of the vote in polling divisions declared so far.

Under Sri Lanka’s proportional representation system any party getting over 10 percent of the vote stands a to get a seat in parliament, and in the most populous districts such as Colombo a party with over 5 percent could get a seat.

The SJB broke away from ex-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe United National Party over his style of leadership and skewed constitution.

The UNP has polled around 3 percent or less in most polling divisions, relegating it to fourth place.

In Devinuwara, the UNP polled 517 to SJB’s 9009.

National People Power led by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Anura Dissanayake has taken around 3 to 7 percent of the vote.

In two polling divisions declared in Jaffna, regional minority parties have taken the votes. (Colombo/Aug06/2020)

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