Sri Lanka Presidential polls; 35 give nominations: Elections chief

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s elections commission chief Mahinda Deshapriya said 35 persons had handed papers for upcoming Presidential elections next month, when nomination closed at 11.00 am.

After considering two objections the commission, announced 35 candidates, including Sajith Premadasa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

At a briefing to candidates, Deshapriya urged candidates and supporters to abide by elections laws.

“There are code of ethics introduced by us under the constitution and political parties have also drawn up codes,” Deshapriya said.

“I call upon candidates and politicians who are supporting them to abide by the laws.”

He said state media has to report impartially and follow the rules.

Private media also should not support or denigrate candidates and should not publish wrong news, he said.

He said private television channels which also used public frequencies should not support specific candidates.

It also applied to other private media, he said. Newspaper editors should not publish incorrect or unconfirmed news, he said.

Candidates from main alliances and parties including Sajith Premadasa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake came to hand over nominations.

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A spokesman for Sri Lanka Freedom Party member Kumara Welgama, who represented a group which said was protecting the SLFP, withdrew with a statement to media. (Colombo/Oct07/2019)

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