14 million voters for Presidential Polls
The number of voters at the forthcoming Presidential Election has
increased by 761,340 from the previous Presidential Election. According
to the revised electoral registers of 2008, the total voters at the
forthcoming Presidential Election would be around 14,088,500 as against
13,327,160 during the Presidential Election of 2005.The nine provinces
in the island have 22 electoral districts. The Northern and Eastern
Provinces have five electoral districts - Jaffna, Wanni, Batticaloa,
Digamadulla and Trincomalee.
Twenty four electoral seats come under the Northern and Eastern
provinces and the number of voters in the five districts is 2,003,746. A
large number of people in these provinces had left their homes due to
the three-decade-old conflict.
After the humanitarian operation came to an end in May 2009, the
number of Internally Displaced Persons reached 302,249. Most have since
been resettled by the Government in their original places of residence.
There is an expatriate population of more than one million, and at
present they do not have the opportunity to cast their votes in an
election unless they return to Sri Lanka during this period, a spokesman
for the Elections Department said.