Mahinda Rajapaksa heading for landslide victory in Sri Lanka local poll

Mahinda Rajapaksa heading for landslide victory in Sri Lanka local poll

"Unofficial results showed that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was leading in nearly all the districts outside the north and the east and was on its way to secure an unassailable 51 percent of the total votes polled", the reported added.

There are no accurate opinion polls on the election but many political analysts say the UNP is likely to perform best in the polls, in which voters will elect some 8,300 representatives in 340 local authorities across the country.

Counting of votes has been completed at all the wards but election commission said it will declare the results for each body after doing the calculations.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo today, parliamentary leader Dinesh Gunwardena also demanded that leadership of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) be handed over to Mr. Rajapakse.

G L Pieris, Chairman of the newly set up Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna which is heading for a landslide victory showed that the Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe administration no longer had a mandate and it should step down.


In Tamil-minority areas, the main Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has the lead through its popularity has been dented by breakaway and independent groups.

Following the apparent victory, elated former president Mahinda Rajapaksa issuing a statement asked his supporters to celebrate the victory peacefully and with restraint.

His faction of the SLFP has been accused of delaying the election out of fear of losing them by the faction led by former president Rajapaksa.

Sirisena has targeted the Wickremesinghe's UNP, dubbing it even more corrupt than the Rajapaksa government of which Sirisena walked out to become the then main opposition challenger.

The government had postponed the elections for over 330 local councils in the island nation since 2015 for electoral reforms.

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