Deshapriya is One Winner at Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election


නීතියට පන දුන් පිරිසිදු මිනිසා……..මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය.….. that is the Election Commissioner

News Item by Ishara Mudugamuwa, Daily News, 10 January 2015

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday while officially declaring Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka thanked all representatives of political parties and executive directors of polls observation teams for the support extended by them for the holding a free and fair election.

Making the official declaration in terms of the powers vested in the Elections Commissioner by the Presidential Elections Act No.15 of 1981, (50), the Elections Commissioner said Maithripala Sirisena, the Presidential Election candidate of the New Democratic Front obtained 6,217,162 votes with a percentage of 51.28 percent, at the Presidential Election 2015.

Addressing the candidates, ministers and parliamentarians at the Elections Department, the Elections Commissioner thanked all for supporting him to hold a free and fair election. He also thanked the outgoing President for ensuring a peaceful election and a transfer of power thereafter.

The Department of Elections was created on October 01, 1955, amalgamating the then existing two Departments of Parliamentary Elections and Local Body Elections.

The Vision of the Department is to protect democracy in the country; it is achieved by conducting free and fair elections and referenda.

The Department functioned as an independent Government Department not coming under any Minister. The Commissioner was answerable only to the Parliament.

In October 2001, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was enacted to provide for an Election Commission appointed by the President on the recommendations of the Constitutional Council.

The Election Commission was not appointed as envisaged and the incumbent Commissioner of Elections Continued to function in the post until September 2010 when the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed.

The Eighteenth Amendment provided for the President to appoint a person holding office as an Additional Commissioner of Elections or Deputy Commissioner of Elections to discharge the functions conferred on the Election Commission.

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***The Department does not analyse the statistics relating to the results of any election nor does it compare the results of an election with regard to any political party, independent group or candidate. The department merely publishes the results of an election.


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