Thursday, 14 November 2019 06:10

15.5 million voters go to the polls to elect the next President

At least 80 percent of 15.5 million registered voters countrywide will go to the polls to cast their votes to elect the next President of Sri Lanka from two front running candidates Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday 16.

Security at polling booths and surrounding areas has been beefed up by deploying 60,175 police officers and 8080 security officers of Civil Defense Force.

A total of 25,712 police officers, at two officers each will be deployed for 12,856 polling booths across the country. Each polling booth will have either two male officers or one female and one male officer.

According to the election officials there are 43 vote counting centers island wide and 2,193 police officers will be deployed for the centers.

Looking at the voting trend in a statistics perspective, Sajith Premadasa has to continue maintaining a clear lead ahead of his main contestant Gotabaya Rajapaksa while ensuring that he gets over 50% of votes at the first count.

This is not an easy task for him as 8 to 10 percent of the votes may go to Anura Kumara DIssanayake and Mahesh Senanayake.

According to political analysts and poll monitoring experts Sajith Premadasa who started his run for presidency has already narrowed the lead taken by Gotabaya from his early start by propagating wide range of new ideas, slogans and promises among the voters as effective alternatives to pledges and policies put forward by Gotabaya

Sajith Premadasa’s election campaign has boosted his as a man of new ideas among all voters young and old alike they said.

Gotabaya’s campaign became stale as he always focused his speeches on ensuring national security, building a disciplined society, bringing economic prosperity through economic modernization, and establishing efficient public service.

He ran out of steam at the end exhausting all his vision mission and slogans centered on ensuring national security failing to attract a large number of floating votes.

The Presidential poll on next Saturday will determine the fate of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, along with his family and his core-support groups that come from the class of new business tycoons, media barons and the ex-military officers, who failed offer a new pragmatic political alternative.

(LI)

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