Mahinda Deshapriya

Waduge Warunasiri Mahinda Deshapriya (Sinhala: මහින්ද දේශප්රිය) is a former Chairman of Election Commission of Sri Lanka.[1] On 30 November 2019 he informed the speaker of parliament that he would resign from the post and his intention has been informed to the president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.[2][3][4]

Mahinda Deshapriya
මහින්ද දේශප්රිය
1st Chairman of Election Commission of Sri Lanka
In office
13 November 2015 – 13 November 2020
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byNimal G. Punchihewa
8th Commissioner of the Department of Elections
In office
March 26, 2011 – November 13, 2015
Preceded byDayananda Dissanayake
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Waduge Warunasiri Mahinda Deshapriya

June 6, 1955
RelationsSunanda Deshapriya (Brother)
EducationDharmasoka College
Alma materUniversity of Peradeniya

Early life and careerEdit

Deshapriya attended Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda.[1] He graduated from University of Peradeniya in physical science.[1] Then he started his career as a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher at Dharmasoka College which was his alma mater.[1] He joined with Sri Lanka Administrative Services through Department of Elections in 1982 and progressed through his career until becoming the commissioner of the Department of Elections.[5] During his career, he served as Assistant Commissioner of Elections, District Returning Officer of Jaffna District (1998), Deputy Commissioner (2006) and Additional Commissioner (2010) positions.[6]


  • "Sri Lankan of the Year" by Lanka Market Digest in 2015[1]
  • "Public Servant of the Year" by Derana TV channel 2016[1][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Commission". Election Commission.
  2. ^ "Mahinda Deshapriya informs of intention to resign". NewsRadio. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. ^ "EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya offers to resign". Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Mahinda Deshapriya tenders resignation?". Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Sri Lankan Electoral Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya Sets the Bar High | IFES". Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  6. ^ "International Seminar on Strategies for empowering young & future voters" (PDF). Conference proceedings. 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year", Wikipedia, 1 December 2019, retrieved 26 December 2019