The Elections Commissioner has announced that only four television channels including ITN have the authority to announce the results.
The results certified by the Elections Chief will be released through the Computer Centre established at the Elections Secretariat. The official results can only be telecast by ITN, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Swarnawahini and Derana TV Channels. It is only these TV Channels that had secured the rights to telecast the official results. In addition, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Mobitel, Ethisalat, Hutch, Vijaya newspapers and Upali newspapers have also obtained the rights to give the official results. Results which are secured from institutions which had not obtained the rights to announce the official results are not considered as official results and could mislead the public. As such it is illegal to announce unofficial results. Elections Chief Dayananda Dishanayake announced that these institutions should not resort to such activities.