United National Party (UNP) led United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) coalition on 18 August 2015 with 106 seats emerged as the winner in the 2015 Parliamentary elections of Sri Lanka. But it failed to secure absolute majority in the Parliament of 225 members.
The final tally of the Parliamentary elections held on 17 August 2015 was announced by Sri Lanka’s Election Department. The elections were held ten months ahead of schedule to elect 225 members to Sri Lanka's 15th Parliament.
UNP led by incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emerged the winner with his alliance taking 45 percent of the vote cast, or about 51 lakh votes. The main opposition party the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that is an alliance led by Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to secure 95 seats with 42 percent of votes casted or about 47 lakh votes.
Tamil National Alliance with 16 seats and the JVP with 6 emerged as the next largest parties in the new parliament which will start functioning from the 1 September 2015.
Wickremesinghe also received the highest ever preferential votes in Sri Lankan history with 550000 people marking their preference for him in his constituency Colombo.
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When: 18 August 2015