Election Commissioner requests supporters to safeguard the dignity of the highest position.
19 candidates, 17 from political parties and two independent candidates handed over their nominations today for the 7th presidential election.
The receiving of nominations began at 7 this morning and it ended at 11am.
The Security around the Election Secretariat had been beefed up due to the arrival of candidates to hand over nominations, and most of the candidates had reached the Election Secretariat at 9 this morning.
During the nomination process, the Election Commissioner informed the candidates that they can hand over nominations as well as file objections too.
Common Candidate Maithreepala Sirisena arrived at the Election Secretariat at 9.10 and handed over his nominations at an auspicious time of 10.05 this morning.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Election Secretariat at 10.29 and handed over his nominations to the Election Commissioner at an auspicious time of 10.48 this morning.
In addition, candidates representing 15 political parties and 2 independent candidates handed over their nominations this morning.
Addressing the candidates after they handed over nominations, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that he expects the supporters of all candidates would act to safeguard the dignity of the highest post of the country.
He also requested the candidates to tolerate the opinion of the others and commit themselves to hold a free and fair election.
Later the Election Commissioner informed the candidates that objections have been filed against two candidates.
Nava Samasamaja Party leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna had filed objections against President Mahinda Rajapaksa while United Lanka Maha Sabha party secretary Dr. Nath Amarakoon filed objections against common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena.
However both objections were rejected by the Election commissioner.
After the end of the nomination process, UPFA candidate President Mahinda Rajapaksa and common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena engaged in a brief conversation.
Later both candidates came out of the Election Secretariat to a rousing welcome.
A large number of ministers gathered outside the Election Secretariat and recited slogans of victory when President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the election office.