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Wattegama electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and July 1977. The district was named after the City of Wattegama in Kandy District, Central 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] Wattegama electoral district was replaced by the Kandy multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the proportional representation system, continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

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.

Sri Lanka Island country in South Asia

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.

1947 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon from 23 August to 20 September 1947. It was the first election overseen and administered by the newly-formed Department of Parliamentary Elections.

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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
1947 Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party 1947-1952
1952 1952-1956
1956 Aloysius Weerakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1956-1960
1960 (March) 1960
1960 (July) Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party 1960-1965
1965 Aloysius Weerakoon United National Party 1965-1970
1970 A. G. Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1970-1977

Elections

1947 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 1st parliamentary election held between 23 August 1947 and 20 September 1947: [2]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party Elephant14,78878.73
B. P. Percy PereraHand3,47718.51
Valid Votes18,26597.24
Rejected Votes5192.76
Total Polled18,784100.00
Registered Electors32,009
Turnout58.68

1952 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 2nd parliamentary election held between 24 May 1952 and 30 May 1952: [3]

1952 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon in 1952. It is notable for being the second and final election overseen and administered by the Department of Parliamentary Elections before its merger in 1955.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party Elephant14,26462.29
P. N. DharmasenaWheel5,38123.50
Charles AmunugamaKey2,90312.68
Valid Votes22,54898.46
Rejected Votes3531.54
Total Polled22,901100.00
Registered Electors31,840
Turnout71.93

1956 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 3rd parliamentary election held between 5 April 1956 and 10 April 1956: [4]

1956 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon in 1956. They were a watershed in the country's political history, and was the first elections fought to challenge the ruling United National Party. The former Leader of the House, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike who was passed over after the death of the first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake, crossed over to the opposition to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to launch his bid for Prime Minister.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Aloysius Weerakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand14,65756.12
Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party Elephant11,10942.54
Valid Votes25,76698.66
Rejected Votes3511.34
Total Polled26,117100.00
Registered Electors36,461
Turnout71.63

1960 (March) Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 4th parliamentary election held on 19 March 1960: [5]

March 1960 Ceylonese parliamentary election

General elections were held in Ceylon on 19 March 1960.

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Aloysius Weerakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand8,68053.04
Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party Elephant7,11043.45
Vipula DharmawardenaCartwheel3992.44
Valid Votes61,18998.93
Rejected Votes1761.07
Total Polled16,365100.00
Registered Electors20,093
Turnout81.45

1960 (July) Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 5th parliamentary election held on 20 July 1960: [6]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Abeyratne Ratnayaka United National Party Elephant8,31750.75
G. Wereke Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand7,96048.57
Valid Votes16,27799.32
Rejected Votes1120.68
Total Polled16,389100.00
Registered Electors20,093
Turnout81.57

1965 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 6th parliamentary election held on 22 March 1965: [7]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
Aloysius Weerakoon United National Party Elephant12,37356.02
A. G. Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand9,46142.83
M.G. Ukku Menike SamarakoonButterfly1170.53
Valid Votes21,95199.38
Rejected Votes1370.62
Total Polled22,088100.00
Registered Electors25,731
Turnout85.84

1970 Parliamentary General Election

Results of the 7th parliamentary election held on 27 May 1970: [8]

CandidatePartySymbolVotes%
A. G. Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand12,84048.64
Aloysius Weerakoon United National Party Elephant10,86941.18
C. RatnayakeLadder2,5989.84
Valid Votes26,30799.66
Rejected Votes900.34
Total Polled26,397100.00
Registered Electors30,024
Turnout87.92

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References

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