Although born in the Western Province, Sirisena hails from the North Central Province of the country and is the first president from that province.
Despite his assurances to the media that he would not grant nominations to pro-Rajapaksa parliamentarians who were involved in various criminal activities, some were nominated.
On 14 July 2015, at a special press conference, President Sirisena announced he would remain impartial during the elections after granting the nomination to Rajapaksa, hinted that Rajapaksa could be defeated in the parliamentary election similar to the presidential election.
Subsequently, he was appointed the Polonnaruwa SLFP chief organiser by the SLFP hierarchy.
While in this office he initiated many concessionary grants to improve the standard of the farming community.
The project was considered a great success being acknowledged as his green revolution.