Sri Lanka presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa accepts defeat, congratulates victorious rival Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. "If as we expect, Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins the presidency, relations with the West and India would suffer", Gupta said. "He will be sworn in tomorrow or the day after", spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.
Sri Lankans queue to cast their votes as a police officer secures at a polling station during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday.
Local media reports say there are fears that a strong military presence in Jaffna, the heartland of the island's Tamil minority, could influence voter turnout and favour Rajapaksa, a former defence ministry chief and brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Early results show the 70-year-old Rajapaksa was backed by constituencies that had been expected to support him, largely from the Sinhalese-Buddhist majority who dominate the rural heartland.
(Lanka-e-News 17.Nov.2019, 5.30PM) Issuing a statement Sajith Premadasa said that he has chose to resign from his party deputy leadership with immediate effect.
After polls closed, Elections Commission chairman Mahinda Deshappriya said there were "no serious incidents of violence".
Rajapaksa performed a nationalist campaign with a promise of safety and a advise to crush non secular extremism in the Buddhist-majority nation following the April 21 suicide bomb attacks blamed on a homegrown apprehension group.
Three luxury hotels and three churches were targeted in the coordinated bombings.
The Lanka election took place almost seven months after homegrown radicals pledging loyalty to the Islamic State terror group detonated suicide bombs at three churches and three posh hotels, killing 269 people, seriously hitting the tourism industry, one of the main forex earning sectors of the country.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stepped aside, allowing his deputy Premadasa to enter the fray and face Rajapaksa, the younger brother of former strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also congratulated the newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Pakistan appreciated the conduct of "free, fair and peaceful elections" by the Sri Lankan government and election commission.
Premadasa, the son of former president Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was assassinated by Tamil separatists in 1993, was more of an unknown for Sri Lankan voters. The battle ended with some 40,000 Tamil civilians allegedly killed by the navy.
Gotabaya's victory will also be a blow to the post-civil war reconciliation process and truth-seeking on alleged wartime abuses by both government troops and the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Under his brother, Mr Gotabaya was defence secretary and effectively ran the security forces, allegedly overseeing "death squads" that bumped off rivals, journalists and others.
Gotabaya has denied allegations that he received millions of dollars by way of kickbacks from a second-hand aircraft purchase from Ukraine in 2007.
Conveying the good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Mr. Rajapaksa the people of Sri Lanka will progress further on the path of peace and prosperity and fraternal, cultural, historical and civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened. In fact, a few years, China acquired the all-important Hambantota port, as a debt-swap from Sri Lanka.