Sri Lanka Marks 71 Per Cent Voter Turnout In Parliamentary Elections On August 5

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is seeking two-thirds majority for his party in the 225 seat parliament.

Neel Raju Nalawade

August 6, 2020

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Polling for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections took place on Wednesday, August 5 and the counting of votes has now begun. This election nearly marked a voter turnout of 71% even though many had initially feared a lower turnout due to the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Election Commission ensured that the voters followed all safety measures like wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing while casting their vote. The election officials also wore face shields and medical personnel were deployed to ensure that voters abide by the rules.

The votes will be counted today and the results will be declared in the evening itself. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is seeking two-thirds majority for his party in Sri Lanka’s 225 seat parliament. Rajapaksa had won the presidency last November vowing to restore relations with China. This year, Rajapaksa is planning to install his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

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