However international and diplomatic opinion polls Gotabaya is in the lead with 47 percent to 43 percent of Sajih’s tally. But there is no winner in the first preferential vote counting.
But they predated that Sajith Premadasa will be declared winner in the counting of second preferences by 53 to 47 percent.
As many as 16 million voters will go to the polls on next Saturday Nov. 16 to elect the new president among 35 contestants; they will keep in mind select humane candidate rather than racist and ruthless ex military man.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the secretary of defense played a key role to defeat the LTTE, is using national security as his poll slogan pledging people to ensure security in the country not allowing the repetition of April Easter bombings,
But Sajith Premadasa has taken a social welfare stance pledging to alleviate poverty and maintain human rights
He is appealing to minority communities Tamils, Muslims and Christians to vote for him, in the predominantly Buddhist majority country.
In this context he has already won the major tamil political party support including the TNA in the North leading the race for presidency at the moment with around 100, 000 more votes than his rival candidate.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not a natural campaigner and he is a decorated soldier and not a lifelong politician.
His speeches are often flat and somewhat mechanized. His speeches sounds like prefabricated and, to some ears, insincere.
The dependence on a teleprompter for his speeches, on instances also does not augur well in his efforts in portraying himself as a leader with a vision.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the missing candidate in a recent public forum organised with the participation of most of the presidential candidates.