The Elections Commission states, 17 candidates have notified that they would be contesting the forthcoming Presidential Election

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Chairman of the Elections Commission: Mahinda Deshappriya says, 17 candidates have notified the Commission that they would be contesting the Presidential Election. The Chairman revealed this information at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.

These candidates represent 16 recognised political parties, whilst one candidate is a former Parliamentarian.

The Elections Commission had called on political groups to notify the Commission, if they have candidates who are interested in contesting; however, the final list of contestants will be determined, on the afternoon before the day on which nominations are accepted, which is when deposits are submitted.

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