There are a number of factors that could contribute to this, including the current political climate, the dissatisfaction with the traditional political parties, and the success of independent candidates in other countries.
The current political climate in Sri Lanka is very unstable. The country is facing a number of challenges, including a severe economic crisis, political corruption, and growing civil unrest.
This has led to widespread dissatisfaction with the traditional political parties, which are seen as being responsible for the country’s problems.
There have been a number of independent candidates who have been successful in other countries.
In the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election, Petro Poroshenko, a businessman and former foreign minister, ran as an independent candidate and won.
Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain and congressman, ran as an independent candidate and won the 2018 Brazilian presidential election.
In the 2018 Italian general election, Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the Five Star Movement, ran as an independent candidate and won the most votes of any individual candidate.
If an independent candidate is able to tap into the widespread dissatisfaction with the traditional political parties and present themselves as a credible alternative, then they could have a good chance of winning the next presidential election in Sri Lanka.