Kurunegala Electoral District (1947–1989)

Kurunegala electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and February 1989. The district was named after the town of Kurunegala in Kurunegala District, North Western Province. The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka introduced the proportional representation electoral system for electing members of Parliament. The existing 160 mainly single-member electoral districts were replaced with 22 multi-member electoral districts.[1] Kurunegala electoral district was replaced by the Kurunegala multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the proportional representation system, Kurunegala continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Key

 Independent    Sri Lanka Freedom Party    United National Party  

Election Member Party Term
1947 Herbert Sri Nissanka Ind. 1947-1952
1952 Dingiri Bandara Welagedara UNP 1952-1956
1956 D. B. Monnekulama SLFP 1956-1960
1960 (March) 1960
1960 (July) 1960-1965
1965 Dingiri Bandara Welagedara UNP 1965-1970
1970 Piyadasa Wijesinghe SLFP 1970-1977
1977 Dingiri Bandara Welagedara UNP 1977-1989

ElectionsEdit

1947 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Herbert Sri Nissanka Independent Umbrella 10,188 48.23
I. Palipane Star 6,642 31.44
J. H. Weerasingha Key 3,983 18.85
Valid Votes 20,83 98.52
Rejected Votes 312 1.48
Total Polled 21,125 100.00
Registered Electors 38,497
Turnout 54.87

1952 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara United National Party Elephant 18,049 56.85
Herbert Sri Nissanka Independent Umbrella 13,518 42.58
Valid Votes 31,567 99.42
Rejected Votes 184 0.58
Total Polled 31,751 100.00
Registered Electors 41,367
Turnout 76.75

1956 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
D. B. Monnekulama Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 18,598 54.23
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara United National Party Elephant 10,239 29.86
S. G. Wanigasekera Star 5,284 15.41
Valid Votes 34,121 99.50
Rejected Votes 172 0.50
Total Polled 34,293 100.00
Registered Electors 48,822
Turnout 70.24

1960 (March) Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
D. B. Monnekulama Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 8,176 44.52
D. A. B. Ratnayake United National Party Elephant 6,684 36.39
H. L. Premadaasa Star 1,279 6.96
P. R. Wickremasuriya Cartwheel 681 3.71
A. L. M. C.M. Sheriff Sun 630 3.43
W. W. Premaratne Umbrella 595 3.24
S. B. G. Abeyaratne Bandara Eye 184 1.00
Valid Votes 18,229 99.26
Rejected Votes 136 0.74
Total Polled 18,365 100.00
Registered Electors 24,864
Turnout 73.86

1960 (July) Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
D. B. Monnekulama Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 10,193 53.85
N. M. Appuhamy United National Party Elephant 8,533 45.08
P. R. Wickremasuriya Cartwheel 123 0.65
Valid Votes 18,849 99.58
Rejected Votes 80 0.42
Total Polled 18,929 100.00
Registered Electors 24,864
Turnout 76.13

1965 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara United National Party Elephant 13,875 53.82
Ananda Jayasinghe Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 11,490 44.57
D. B. Monnekulama Umbrella 152 0.59
P. R. Wickramasuriya Cartwheel 120 0.47
Valid Votes 25,637 99.45
Rejected Votes 142 0.55
Total Polled 25,779 100.00
Registered Electors 31,344
Turnout 82.25

1970 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Piyadasa Wijesinghe Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 16,672 53.96
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara United National Party Elephant 14,008 45.33
Lionel Kehelwatugoda Bell 94 0.30
Valid Votes 30,774 99.60
Rejected Votes 125 0.40
Total Polled 30,899 100.00
Registered Electors 36,663
Turnout 84.28

1977 Parliamentary General ElectionEdit

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara United National Party Elephant 21,005 59.45
D. B. Monnekulama Chair 13,550 38.35
Charles Vitharana Key 436 1.23
Siripala Wedisinghe Rabbit 152 0.43
W. M. Dharmaratne Umbrella 79 0.22
Valid Votes 35,222 99.68
Rejected Votes 112 0.32
Total Polled 35,334 100.00
Registered Electors 41,104
Turnout 85.96

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka.