Aug 05, Colombo: Voting for the 2020 Parliamentary General Election that commenced at 7.00 am today ended peacefully at 5.00 pm amid anti-coronavirus measures. The election was held in accordance with health guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 16,263,885 registered voters were eligible to cast their vote at 12,885 polling centers island-wide to elect 196 members to the parliament. A total of 7,452 candidates representing 40 political parties and 313 independent groups contested the election.
Currently, the ballot boxes are being transported to the counting centers and they would be kept under tight security until counting commences tomorrow (06). Counting is scheduled to commence at 7.00 am Thursday, the Government Information Department said.
It has been reported that the voter turnout has exceeded 70 percent by the time polls closed at 5:00 p.m. Accordingly, over 11 million have voted.
Meanwhile, the police said the election was held very peacefully.