President Rajapaksa led in 17 out of 22 electoral
districts gaining 57.88 percent of the votes polled. This is a
substantial ratio polled in a Presidential election in Sri Lanka.
His rival Sarath Fonseka led in five districts, mostly in the North
and East of the country.
My victory, peopleís victory - President
Shortly after being declared the winner
President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking to the media gathered at the
Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya declared that his victory was
victory of the people. From now on, he would be the President of all
those who voted for him and those who didnít. He said it was a great
victory especially after the war adding that all should get together
to build the country.
Presidential Election 2010:
Elections held in peaceful atmosphere - Elections
The January 26 Presidential Election concluded
in a peaceful atmosphere except for a few minor incidents. However
it is observed with much concern that certain violent incidents
occurred during the poll and also in Anuradhapura and Matale during
the counting of votes, Elections Commissioner Dayanada Dissanayake
said in a release.