Sri Lanka Presidential Election scheduled for 26 January 2010
Sri Lanka’s Election Commission on Friday announced that the Presidential elections will be held on 26 January 2010.
Nominations will be accepted from 9.00 a.m to 11.00 a.m on December 17, Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake announced yesterday.
This will be the country’s fifth Presidential poll to elect the sixth Executive President.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent in office decided to go for a Presidential election though his term of office expires on November 2011.
The announcement came four days after President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to advance the polls by nearly two years.
Objections against nominations can be raised from 9.00 am to 11.30 on the same day. Objections to the nomination papers could be raised by any of the rival candidates or by persons who had signed the nomination paper, the official release said.
All candidates of recognized political parties should make deposits of Rs 50,000 and independent candidates Rs 75,000 before noon on the day of the nominations with the Accountant (Finance) of the Department of Elections.
It is mandatory that a candidate other than those of recognized political parties should confirm that he/she had been elected a member of the legislature by a letter signed by the Secretary-General of Parliament, the official release said.
The 2008 electoral register will be used for the election with a total number of 14,088,500 persons eligible to vote.
So far except for President Mahinda Rajapaksa no one else has anounced their candidature to contest in the forthcoming Presidential election.
It is reliably learnt that the former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka is expected to anounce his candidature shortly.
- Asian Tribune -