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G Rajapaksa declared winner of Sri Lankan presidential election

G Rajapaksa declared winner of Sri Lankan presidential election

DPA
Colombo
Sri Lanka’s former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was officially declared the winner on Sunday of the country’s first presidential election since the South Asian island was rocked by Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people.
The elections commission said opposition candidate Rajapaksa had received 52.25 of the vote, 6.9 million votes, while his main rival, ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa and leader of the New Democratic Front alliance, received 41.99 per cent.
“I will ensure that all my pledges in my manifesto will be implemented,” Rajapaksa said upon being announced as the winner.
Rajapaksa, now due be sworn in as president on Monday, recorded a comfortable victory with a majority of more than 1.3 million votes in the country’s presidential polls, according to election results.
Both of the two favourites to win had focussed their campaigns on the theme of security in the wake of this year’s Easter Sunday bombings by extremist Islamist groups that left the entire nation shaken.
A few sporadic incidents of violence and violations of laws were reported during the vote, but none of them had a significant impact on the poll, the chairman of the Elections Commission, said.
Rajapaksa called on his supporters to celebrate the victory in a peaceful manner.
“As we usher in a new journey for Sri Lanka, we must remember that all Sri Lankans are part of this journey. Let us rejoice peacefully, with dignity and discipline,” Rajapaksa said on Twitter.
Ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa conceded defeat before the final results was announced, party officials said.
“We have just witnessed the most peaceful presidential election in the history of our independent republic,” Premadasa said while urging Rajapaksa to ensure there was no post-poll violence directed against his party’s supporters.
The turnout among the 15.9 million registered voters was at a record 84 per cent.