Oct 06, Colombo: The largest number of candidates in the history of Sri Lanka presidential elections have placed deposits to run for the upcoming presidential polls in November.
A total of 41 candidates have placed their deposits during the period of deposit which ended at 12 noon Sunday. Among them are a Buddhist monk and a woman. Eight candidates have placed their cash deposits today alone. TNA MP MK Sivajilingam and former UPFA MP and Eastern Province Governor MLAM Hizbullah are also among the candidates handed deposits today.
Accordingly, 19 recognized political parties, 3 other political parties and 19 independent candidates have placed their deposits.
However, the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to stand for re-election at next month's polls. The President is expected to announce his party's stance on presidential election tomorrow,
Nominations of candidates will be accepted tomorrow from 9.00 am to 11.00 am at the Election Secretariat, Rajagiriya. Protests can be lodged from 11 am to 12 noon.
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that the large number of candidates may cost an additional Rs. 1 billion over the estimated expenses. The estimated cost for the 2019 presidential election is Rs.4 billion.
More than 1,600 police officers will be deployed for direct election services.
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya urged all parties not to engage in illegal activities.
Meanwhile, the National Election Commission has established a Dispute Resolution Centre to receive complaints related to the Presidential Election. The public could lodge complaints via Telephone, Fax, Email, Viber/WhatsApp, Facebook and the Commission's website. The contact details are as follows: Telephone- 0112 868 212/560/217. Fax- 0112 868 526/529. Viber/WhatsApp- 0719 160 000. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook- Election commission of Sri Lanka / Tell Commission Election commission of Sri Lanka.