Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 8:51
Announcement of a Presidential election after midnight today.
Political sources say that most probably the official announcement about holding the next presidential election by President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be made today.
There is the possibility for the President to call a presidential election at his discretion on completion of four years after the second ascen-dancy to the presidency.
Accordingly the four years period after President Mahinda Rajapaksa took oaths as President for the second time will end with mid-night today.
Accordingly lawyers point out that there is provision for the President to call for a presidential election even when two years still remain in the tenure of the presidency.
However Government Ministers expressed views about the next presidential election on several occasions.
Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said last Saturday that there was the possibility of the announcement of the presidential election within the subsequent 72 hours.
Similarly Sugar Industry Minister Lakshman Seneviratne said at about 3 p.m. yesterday in parliament that the shots of the presidential election were due to be made within the subsequent 30 hours.