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Nominations from 35 candidates. Two objections rejected

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By ITN News Editor October 7, 2019 19:16

Nominations from 35 candidates. Two objections rejected

All 35 nominations submitted to the Elections Commission have been accepted.
The handing over of nominations to elect the seventh executive President of Sri Lanka took place this morning. The nominations were filed at the Rajagiriya Elections Secretariat. This will go down in history as the highest number of candidates that are contesting the Presidential elections.
41 candidates had placed deposits to contest the Presidential election. The receipt of their nominations took place within a two hour period from 9 am to 11 am. Deposits had been placed by them as candidates from 19 recognized political parties, three other political parties, independent groups and independent candidates. As mentioned by political critics nominations were handed over by candidates including the main candidates such as Sajith Premadasa from the United National Front, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Anura Kumara Dissanayake as the candidate of the National Peoples Force. Among those who filed nominations were several candidates who had earlier contested the Presidential election. They included the Ven. Battaramulla Seelarathana Thera, Attorney Namal Rajapaksa, Siritunge Jayasuriya, Sarath Manamendra and A.S.P.Liyanage, Noteworthy among those who are contesting are politicians with various experiences, various professionals and Army Officers.
Elections Commission Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said that eight candidates had not handed in their nomination. Also two objections been received by the Commission were rejected.
It was at 10.45 this morning that a discussion commenced to brief all candidates who handed in their nominations. It was held under the patronage of Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya.
The Elections Chief announced on behalf of the Elections Commission that 35 candidates had filed nominations for the elections. He said that an election propaganda notice or any other propaganda images, such images, election symbols, can be displayed on a date of a propaganda meeting near or at the meeting venue or at elections offices established with permission subject to stipulated conditions. Government Ministries, Departments, State Corporations or Statutory Boards or Banks, or at Provincial Councils or Provincial establishments or State property are totally barred to be used for propaganda work. According to those having political rights, no officer can be engaged in political activities other than casting the vote. Public employees cannot be engaged in political propaganda during office hours. He called on all candidates to refrain from usins the mass media owned to promote candidates, politicians and political parties.
A highlight is that this is the first Presidential election to be held after the establishment of the Elections Commission. More than 15 million are ready to cast their votes at the election. More than one million will be casting their votes for the first time at the Presidential election.
The Presidential election is scheduled to be held on the 16th of next month.
It was in this manner that supporters of candidates gathered in the environs of the Rajagiriya Elections Secretariat while the candidates handed in their nominations.
Meanwhile, United National Front Presidential election candidate Sajth Premadasa offered floral tributes to the statue of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa, his father, before handing in his nominations for the elections.
Family relatives including Hema Premadasa and a group of people’s representatives joined in this occasion.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 7, 2019 19:16

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