Right now, the election results stands 50.3 for Mahinda Rajapaksha and 48.4% Ranil Wickramasinghe. So our next president would be Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha.
The presidential election was considered to be real crucial by many because the fate of the country is vastly dependant on the next president. 75% of the registered voters have cast their votes this time.
But the victory seems to be marginal. That means there is a conflict of expectations within the country. Neither of the candidates has a strong force backing them.
As I see it the propaganda battle was unitary Sri Lanka and locally built economy vs division of power and foreign aided economic. Ultimately every one needs peace and a healthy economy for the country. The choice was on how to achieve it.
There was also a concern about safeguarding all religions and their rights. But I think only a small percentage considered this as a crucial factor. There aren’t many truly religious people left in the country any way…