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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Eighth presidential election will commence from 7 am this morning

Colombo, 16 November, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka’s eighth presidential election will take place from 7 am this morning till 5 pm this evening. A record number of 35 candidates are contesting in this presidential election from various political parties.

Sources revealed that now it was clear that, 18 of the candidates who had entered the contest were supporting either of the two main candidates.

Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya commenting on the election expenses said he was worried that it was possible that the total cost of the 2019 presidential poll could reach Rs. 7.5 billion and lawmakers must think of a strategy to prevent pseudo or fake candidates with ulterior motives contesting the presidential election.

The Presidential election is to be held under the 2018 electoral register and a total of 15,992,096 citizens are eligible to cast their votes.

It is reported this figure shows an increase of 47,606 in comparison to the total number of voters who were eligible to exercise their franchise in the Presidential Election held in 2015.

A total number of 60,175 police personnel and 8,080 civil defence personnel have been deployed island-wide for election duties, says the Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara.

Out of the 12,854 ballot boxes that will be put to use for tomorrow’s Presidential Election, 12,350 are cardboard boxes.
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Local and international election observers have also fanned out across the country.

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that it would be deploying 4,000 observers to monitor the election.

The European Union has deployed over 80 observers while the Commonwealth and other foreign groups are also in the country to observe the poll.

The first result can be expected by midnight on Saturday.

- Asian Tribune -

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