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THE LONGEST BALLOT PAPER TO BE PRINTED FOR THE FORTHCOMING PRESIDENTIAL POLL
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The election commission stated that holding of election campaign parades is prohibited for one week beginning today.

It further stated that police have been instructed to suspend such parades and video them if any and report them to the court.

At the same time commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that police permission should be obtained to use loudspeakers.

He also asked the public to complain of any election law violations to 0112 86 82 12 or 0112 868214 or 0112 868217.

The commission expects the presidential election will cost the government over 4000 million rupees or more.

At the same time, the longest ballot paper is to be printed for the forthcoming presidential poll.

The election commission stated that the nominations handed over by 35 candidates from different political parties and independent groups for the presidential election, to be held on November 16th, have been accepted.

It further stated that the highest number of candidates have handed over nominations for the 2016 presidential election thereby setting a record in the history of elections in this country.

Receiving nominations commenced at 9 am and ended at 11 am.

Election Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya said that the objections which were filed against two nominations were rejected.

Among the candidates who handed over nominations this morning are: SLPP candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and New Democratic Front candidate Sajith Premadasa.

In addition, Anura Kumara Dissanayake handed over nominations from Jathika Jana Balaveyaga while General Mahesh Senanayake handed over nominations from Jathika Janatha Balavegaya.

In addition, Battaramulla Seelarathana Thera from Janasetha Peramuna and Duminda Nagamuwa from the Frontline Social Party handed over nominations.

MK Sivajilingam and MLAM Hisbullah handed over nominations as independent candidates.

However, 6 candidates including Kumara Welgama who deposited cash bonds did not hand over nominations today.

Chamal Rajapaksa was present at the election commission but did not hand over nominations.

The 7th executive president of Sri Lanka will be elected in the November 16th election.

The significance this time is that none of the incumbent leaders - president, Prime Minister or Opposition Leader has entered the fray in the election of the first citizen.
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