Aug 14, 2019

Gota - Sajith in trouble if there are more than 3 presidential candidates Featured

In the event more than three candidates contest the presidential election, the winning candidate should obtain more than 50% of the valid votes, asid the Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.

The elections commissioner had explained this situation while speaking to the 'Dinamina' newspaper.

By now the SLPP has nominated Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as their presidential candidate and Sajith Premadasa is claiming to be the presidential candidate from the UNP.

However, due to Sajith’s issue the agreement which was scheduled to be signed for the formation of the Democratic Alliance headed by the UNP was not signed and the current situation is that there could be more than three candidates contesting the presidential election.

Accordingly, the Muslim parties are planning on collectively fielding a candidate and it is most likely that the Tamil parties will unite and field a Tamil candidate.

It is also reported that the Muslim parties are all in discussion currently over the issues that have arisen regarding the Muslim Marriage and Divorce laws.

Meanwhile, the JVP is also planning on fielding a presidential candidate and according to political analysts it is required for the first time to obtain preferential votes at the Presidential election.

During a media briefing held recently at the JVP Headquarters in Battaramulla recently, its Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that their presidential candidate would be announced at a rally scheduled to be held at Galle Face on August 18th. They will field their candidate under the new alliance formed. In his view, they would field a new alternative candidate defeating the old and new rogues of the past and present.


Meanwhile, it is also reported that President Maithripala Sirisena has also not ruled out the possibility of him contesting the next presidential election either. According to SLFP internal sources, after Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was announced as the presidential candidate from the SLPP, the need for him to contest is said to have become more crucial.

Naga and Palle

Meanwhile, addressing a media conference yesterday (13), Nagananda Kodithuwakku said that he would contest the next presidential election under a recognised party. He also noted that he would announce his election manifesto to the country in another 21 days.

He noted that his aim is to change the constitution and also handed over a model of his proposed constitution among the attending journalists, adding that if he is elected he would have the new constitution passed by the power of the people and not parliament.

It is also reported that a person by the name of Rohan Pallewatte is also aiming at contesting the upcoming presidential election.

If the preferential votes are counted what will happen? –Elec. Com. explains

As the winning presidential candidate needs to obtain 50% plus one of the valid votes, in the event none of the candidates are able to obtain the required majority what would happen, was a question asked from the Elections Commissioner at the party representatives’ meeting held on June 11th. As the Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya had explained scenario to the 'Dinamina' newspaper.

Q: In the event no one is able to obtain the required majority at the presidential election, will a re-poll be called?

A: A re-poll would not be required. In the event three or more candidates contest only would it be required to obtain over 50% of the votes. At the polls the voter has the opportunity to mark their preferred candidates as 1,2 or 3. If the voter only prefers to vote for one candidate, then they could only mark the one candidate with 1 or with an x.

In a scenario where hypothetically five candidates contest as A,B,C,D and E and the total number of valid votes is taken as 100, the votes obtained by the candidates is as follows.

A= 40, B = 35, C= 15, D= 6, E= 4

Accordingly, the contest would be only between the two first candidates A and B. the rest would be taken off the contest.

The preferential votes of the two (A,B) candidates on the ballot paper would not be considered.

However, the candidate C’s (who obtained 15 votes) preferential votes would be taken into consideration except the ones that have exclusively voted for candidate C only as in these ballot papers there are no preferential candidates marked. In the event the first or second preference has been marked for either of the two (A or B) candidates, then these votes are added to the count of the A or B candidates accordingly.  In the event the first preference has been marked for any of the other candidates other than A or B, the second and third preferences are taken into consideration and if the second or third preferences are for the A or B candidate, those votes are also added to their account.

By dividing the votes in this manner, hypothetically if A gets an additional 03 votes and B gets an additional 10 votes, A’s total vote count would be 43 ( A= 40+3 = 43) and B would obtain a total of 45 (B = 35+10 = 45).

Now, the valid votes hypothetically is 88 with A having obtained 43 and B obtaining 45. In such a scenario, the candidate who obtains over 50% of this total number of votes (which is hypothetically 88) which is 45, then B is declared the winner.

In such an instant the total number of votes is not considered as 100.

In the event A obtains an additional 8 votes and B obtains an additional 5 votes, A=48 and B=40, then A is declared the winner.

In the event none of them gets preferential votes and A has 40 and B has 35, then A is declared the winner.

In the event A and B obtain the same number of votes, then the Elections Commission will carry out a draw and add the extra vote to the winning candidate.