1952 Ceylonese parliamentary election
General elections were held in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1952. It is notable for being the second and final election overseen and administered by the Department of Parliamentary Elections before its merger in 1955.
95 seats to the House of Representatives of Ceylon
48 seats were needed for a majority
The 1952 election was the first contested by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which had broken away from the UNP on a platform of Sinhala nationalism, and the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Federal Party), which split from the All Ceylon Tamil Congress over joining the UNP government.
Because the estate Tamils had been stripped of their citizenship by the Senanayake government, the Ceylon Indian Congress, which most of them had supported, was eliminated from Parliament and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party lost seats. The UNP won a majority, mainly at the cost of the CIC and the LSSP.
|United National Party||81||1,026,005||44.08%||54|
|Sri Lanka Freedom Party||48||361,250||15.52%||9|
|Lanka Sama Samaja Party||39||305,133||13.11%||9|
|Communist Party of Ceylon /
Viplavakari Lanka Sama Samaja Party
|All Ceylon Tamil Congress||7||64,512||2.77%||4|
|Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi||7||45,331||1.95%||2|
|Ceylon Labour Party||5||27,096||1.16%||1|
|Buddhist Republican Party||3||3,987||0.17%||0|
|Total Votes Polled|
|Total Electors Polled[a]||2,114,615|
- Total electors polled is less than total votes polled due to multiple-member seats where electors can cast more than one vote.
- "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015.
- "1952 General Election Results". LankaNewspapers.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012.
- "Table 32 Parliament Election (1952)". Sri Lanka Statistics. 10 February 2009.
- Rajasingham, K. T. (10 November 2001). "Chapter 14: Post-colonial realignment of political forces". Asia Times. Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.