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Colombo West Electoral District

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Colombo West electoral district was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between July 1977 and February 1989. The district was named after the city of Colombo in Colombo District, Western Province. The district was created by the division of the Colombo South Electoral District into Colombo East and Colombo West electoral districts in July 1977. The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka introduced the proportional representation electoral system for electing members of Parliament. The existing 160 mainly single-member electoral districts were replaced with 22 multi-member electoral districts.[1] Colombo West electoral district was replaced by the Colombo multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the PR system, though Colombo West continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

Members of Parliament


 Independent    United National Party  

Election Member Party Term
1977 J. R. Jayewardene UNP 1977-1978
1978 (by-election) Anura Bastian 1978-1989


1977 parliamentary general election

Results of the 8th parliamentary election held on 21 July 1977 for the district:[2]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Junius Richard Jayewardene United National Party Elephant 21,707 78.91
M. Chandralal Salgado Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 3,769 13.65
S.D. Wijesinghe Key 1,803 6.55
H. Navaratne Banda Chair 70 0.26
K.A. Thabrew Butterfly 53 0.19
Valid Votes 27,402 99.61
Rejected Votes 107 0.39
Total Polled 27,509 100.00
Registered Electors 37,983
Turnout 72.42

1978 parliamentary by election

Results of the parliamentary by-election held on 21 March 1978 for the district:[3]

Candidate Party Symbol Votes %
Anura Bastian United National Party Elephant 13,156 59.31
D. W. Abeyakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party Hand 3,024 13.63
Bernard Soysa Key 3,019 13.61
Navindra Gooneratna Chair 2,497 11.26
R. Wijaya Indra Eye 334 1.51
S. A. Karunanayaka Bell 71 0.32
N. P. Perera Lamp 30 0.14
G. K. S. Wijeyawardene Umbrella 26 0.12
Valid Votes 22,110 99.68
Rejected Votes 71 0.32
Total Polled 22,181 100.00
Registered Electors 37,983
Turnout 58.40


  1. ^ "The Electoral System". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27.
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Results of the Parliamentary By-Elections between 1947-1988" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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