1989 Sri Lankan parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Sri Lanka on 15 February 1989, the first since 1977. The elections that should normally have been held by 1983 had been cancelled by the 1982 referendum.

1989 Sri Lankan parliamentary election

← 1977 15 February 1989 1994 →

All 225 seats in the Parliament of Sri Lanka
113 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Ranasinghe Premadasa.jpeg Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg
Leader Ranasinghe Premadasa Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Party United National Party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Leader since 1988 1960
Leader's seat n/a Gampaha District
Last election 50.92%, 140 seats 29.72%, 8 seats
Seats won 125 67
Seat change Decrease15 Increase 59
Popular vote 2,837,961 1,780,599
Percentage 50.7% 31.8%

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Winners of electoral districts. UNP in green and SLFP in blue.

Prime Minister before election

Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
United National Party

Prime Minister-designate

Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
United National Party


United National Party[a]2,838,00550.7111015125
Sri Lanka Freedom Party1,785,36931.9058967
Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students[b]229,8774.1112113
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress202,0163.61314
Tamil United Liberation Front[c]188,5943.379110
United Socialist Alliance[d]160,2712.86213
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna91,1281.63213
United Lanka People's Party67,7231.21000
Democratic People's Liberation Front[e]18,5020.33000
All Ceylon Tamil Congress7,6100.14000
Valid votes5,596,46893.87
Invalid/blank votes365,5636.13
Total votes5,962,031100.00
Registered voters/turnout9,374,16463.60
Source: Election Commission

By provinceEdit

By electoral districtEdit

Elected membersEdit



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  • "Table 39 Parliament Election (1989)". Sri Lanka Statistics. 10 February 2009.
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