The elections department has already released over 40 percent of the results of total number of poling divisions in the island and all the results of postal votes.
Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena is currently ahead of his main opponent presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa, official data released by the election department showed.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is yet to announce final official results.
Article 94 of the island’s constitution deals with the election of president.
The article is reproduced below.
94. (1) At the election of the President every voter while casting his vote for any candidate may –
(a) where there are three candidates for election, specify his second preference; and
(b) where there are more than three candidates for election, specify his second and third preferences.
(2) The candidate, if any, who receives more than one-half of the valid votes cast shall be declared elected as President.
(3) Where no candidate is declared elected under paragraph (2) of this Article, the candidate or candidates, other than the candidates who received the highest and second highest number of such votes, shall be eliminated from the contest, and –
(a) the second preference of each voter whose vote had been for a candidate eliminated from the contest, shall, if it is for one or the other of the remaining two candidates, be counted as a vote for such candidate and be added to the votes counted in his favour under paragraph (2) ; and
(b) the third preference of each voter referred to in sub-paragraph
(a) whose second preference is not counted under that sub paragraph shall, if it is for one or the other of the remaining two candidates, be counted as a vote for such candidate and be added to the votes counted in his favour under sub-paragraph (a) and paragraph (2), and the candidate who receives the majority of the votes so counted shall be declared elected as President.
(4) Where an equality is found to exist between the votes received by two or more candidates and the addition of one vote would determine –
(a) which candidate is to be declared elected under this Article ;
(b) which candidate is not to be eliminated under this Article, then the determination of the candidate to whom such additional vote shall be deemed to have been given for the purpose of such determination shall be made by lot.