“I spoke to Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him. I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful and democratic poll process,” the prime minister said in a statement.
He added: “As a close friend and neighbour, reaffirmed India’s continued solidarity and support for Sri Lanka’s peace, development and prosperity.”
More than 11 million people voted across Sri Lanka on Jan 8, 2015, in the presidential election. Incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has conceded defeat, was in power since 2005 and was fighting for an unprecedented third term.
Officials said more than 80 percent of the 14.5 million electorate exercised their franchise in what could turn out to be one of the tightest contests in the island nation, the media reported.
Men and women voters formed long queues at most polling centres in the island nation including the Tamil-majority north and the multi-racial east where the now vanquished Tamil Tigers once held sway.
“It was a peaceful election,” one official told the media.
Barring a grenade attack in the northern Tamil town of Point Pedro that wounded none, the balloting across Sri Lanka was largely peaceful.