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Wattala electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between March 1960 and February 1989. The district was named after the town of Wattala in Gampaha District, Western Province. The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka introduced the proportional representation electoral system for electing members of Parliament. The existing 160 mainly single-member electoral districts were replaced with 22 multi-member electoral districts. [1] Wattala electoral district was replaced by the Gampaha multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections.

An electoral district, also known as an election district, legislative district, voting district, constituency, riding, ward, division, (election) precinct, electoral area, or electorate, is a territorial subdivision for electing members to a legislative body. Generally, only voters (constituents) who reside within the district are permitted to vote in an election held there. From a single district, a single member or multiple members might be chosen. Members might be chosen by a first-past-the-post system or a proportional representative system, or another voting method entirely. Members might be chosen through a direct election under universal suffrage, an indirect election, or another form of suffrage.

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March 1960 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon on 19 March 1960.

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party Political party in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is one of the major and most well known political parties in Sri Lanka. It was founded by S.W.R.D Bandaranaike in 1951 and, since then, has been one of the two largest parties in the Sri Lankan political arena. It first came to power in 1956 and since then has been the predominant party in government on a number of occasions. The party is generally considered as having a democratic socialist or progressive economic agenda and is often associated with nationalist Sinhalese parties. The party follows a Non-Aligned foreign policy but always had close ties to socialist nations.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is a main constituent party in the United People's Freedom Alliance.

United National Party Political party in Sri Lanka

The United National Party, often abbreviated as UNP, is a political party in Sri Lanka. It currently is the main ruling party in the government of Sri Lanka and is headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UNP is considered to have right-leaning, pro-capitalist, and liberal conservative policies.

ElectionMemberPartyTerm
1960 (March) D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party 1960 - 1970
1960 (July)
1965
1970 A. D. J. L. Leo Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1970 - 1977
1977 D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party 1977 - 1989

Elections

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 4th parliamentary election held on 19 March 1960 for the district: [2]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party Elephant9,66540.03
D. J. WeerackodyHand5,52022.86
Stanley MendisKey3,19813.24
Vincent RajapaksaTumbler2,94112.18
C. M. JayawardenaUmbrella1,6816.96
L. Wewala PandithaStar5712.36
A. S. JayamahaCockerel2200.91
K. G. JayaweeraLamp1470.61
Valid Votes23,94399.16
Rejected Votes2030.84
Total Polled24,146100.00
Registered Electors30,201
Turnout79.95

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 5th parliamentary election held on 20 July 1960 for the district: [3]

July 1960 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon in July 1960.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party Elephant11,63349.27
A. D. J. L. Leo Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand11,52948.83
W. S. PereraCartwheel2871.22
D. J. WeerackodyButterfly940.40
Valid Votes23,54399.71
Rejected Votes680.29
Total Polled23,611100.00
Registered Electors30,201
Turnout78.18

1965 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 6th parliamentary election held on 22 March 1965 for the district: [4]

1965 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon in March 1965.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party Elephant17,64954.77
A. D. J. L. Leo Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand14,07643.69
D. G. B. JosephCartwheel1840.57
Valid Votes31,90999.03
Rejected Votes3120.97
Total Polled32,221100.00
Registered Electors38,456
Turnout83.79

1970 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 7th parliamentary election held on 27 May 1970 for the district: [5]

1970 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon in 1970.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
A. D. J. L. Leo Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand21,85652.50
D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party Elephant19,66747.24
Valid Votes41,52399.75
Rejected Votes1060.25
Total Polled41,629100.00
Registered Electors48,875
Turnout85.17

1977 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 8th parliamentary election held on 21 July 1977 for the district: [6]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
D. Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party Elephant26,35562.77
A. D. J. L. Leo Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand14,67734.95
D. J. R. J. JayakodyKey6251.49
Nelson FernandoFlower2080.50
B. J. M. RodrigoShip320.08
Valid Votes41,89799.78
Rejected Votes920.22
Total Polled41,989100.00
Registered Electors48,749
Turnout86.13

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References

  1. "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 19 March 1960" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
  3. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 20 July 1960" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
  4. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
  5. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
  6. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.