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Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 16:36
Two former Parliamentarians make deposits for the Presidential Election
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Two independent candidates paid their deposits at the Election Commission today to contest in the upcoming Presidential Election.

Former parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda who entered Parliament from the Democratic Party and former Member of Parliament of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna S. Amarasinghe were the ones who paid the deposits.

The election to elect the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka will be held on November 16.

The relevant announcement was made through a gazette notification last night and accepting of nominations for the Presidential Election will take place from 9.00 am to 11.00 am on October 7.

Making deposits for the Presidential Election can be done until 12 noon on 6 October and accepting of objections will take place at 11.30 am on 7 October, the Election Commission said.

This time’s Presidential Election will be held according to the 2018 voters list and the number of voters qualified to vote is 1,599,296.

Government workers have the opportunity to apply for postal voting in connection with the Presidential Election until 30 September.

The Elections Commission said that a sum of Rs. 4000 million will be spent on this election.

A Spokesman of the Commission told the Hiru News Division that since the Presidential Election has been declared, new appointments, promotions and transfers cannot be done. He said the gazette notification regarding this will be issued today.

The Spokesman of the Election Commission also said that the notification includes prevention of the use of state property and misuse of government vehicles.

Anyhow, state appointments, and functions which were planned prior to the Presidential Election declared can be held.

At the same time politicians cannot participate in state functions and there is no possibility of carrying out any task that promotes Presidential Candidates during the period of the Presidential Election.

Meanwhile, of the 70 political parties registered at the Election Commission, 7 of the parties which have problems cannot contest the Presidential Election, the Elections Commission has informed further.

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