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1994 Sri Lankan presidential election

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The Sri Lankan presidential election of 1994 was the third presidential election of Sri Lanka. Nominations were accepted on 7 October 1994, and the election was held on 9 November 1994. Electoral participation was 70.47%. Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga of the governing People's Alliance was elected, receiving 62% of all votes cast.

3rd Sri Lankan presidential election

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Nominee Chandrika Kumaratunga Srima Dissanayake
Party People's Alliance United National Party
Popular vote 4,709,205 2,715,283
Percentage 62.28% 35.91%

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Winners of polling divisions. Kumaratunga in blue and Dissanayake in green.

President before election

Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
United National Party

Elected President

Chandrika Kumaratunga
People's Alliance


President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated in 1993 by the Tamil Tigers and was succeeded by the Prime Minister, Dingiri Banda Wijetunga. President Wijetunga chose not to run in the 1994 election; therefore the United National Party selected Leader of the Opposition Gamini Dissanayake as their candidate. His main challenger was Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga of the People's Alliance, whose party had won the parliamentary elections earlier in 1994.[1]

On 24 October 1994, during the presidential campaign, Gamini Dissanayake was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers. His name on the ballot paper was replaced by his wife Srima Dissanayake.[1]


Kumaratunga won the election by a record margin with 62.28% of the vote.[1]

e • d Summary of the 1994 Sri Lankan presidential election[2]
Candidate Party Votes %
  Chandrika Kumaratunga People's Alliance 4,709,205 62.28%
  Srima Dissanayake United National Party 2,715,283 35.91%
  Hudson Samarasinghe Independent 58,886 0.78%
  Harischandra Wijayatunga Sinhalaye Mahasammatha Bhoomiputra Pakshaya 32,651 0.43%
  A. J. Ranasinghe Independent 22,752 0.30%
  G. A. Nihal Sri Lanka Progressive Front 22,749 0.30%
Valid Votes 7,561,526 100.00%
Rejected Votes 151,706
Total Polled 7,713,232
Registered Electors 10,945,065
Turnout 70.47%


  • "Result of Presidential Election 1994" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-04.
  • "1994 Sri Lanka Presidential Election Results".
  • "1994 - Presidential Election". Archived from the original on 2010-01-30.
  1. ^ a b c "Results of past presidential elections in Sri Lanka" (PDF). People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  2. ^ "Result of Presidential Election 1994" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-09-03.