Sri Lanka – Local elections

Local elections were held in Sri Lanka on 17 March. In the end, elections were held in about two-thirds of local authorities.

In recent elections the United People’s Freedom Alliance (Eksath Janatha Nidahas Sandhanaya – EJNS) has established itself as the dominant party in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa was easily re-elected last year and in the subsequent parliamentary election the party came close to winning a two-thirds majority. In so doing, though, Freedom House stripped Sri Lanka of its status as an electoral democracy.

The local elections confirmed the dominance of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Wikipedia has totaled the results from the different provinces. The totals seem reliable.

United People’s Freedom Alliance, 55.89%, 205 councils
United National Party, 33.89%, 9 councils
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, 3.02%, 0 councils
Independents, 2.71%, 1 council
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, 1.48%, 4 councils
Tamil National Alliance, 1.17%, 12 councils


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