The Elections Commission is making preparations for the Presidential Election. The acceptance of deposits from candidates commenced today(19/09/2019)

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The Elections Commission is making preparations for the Presidential Election.

The acceptance of deposits from contestants commenced today(19/09/2019).
Speaking to the SLBC, Additional Election Commissioner: Rasika Peiris said, two former parliamentarians made deposits this morning.

A candidate contesting from a recognised political party needs to deposit 50 thousand rupees, whilst an independent candidate needs to deposit 75 thousand rupees.

The acceptance of deposits will close at 12.00 noon on the 6th of next month, whilst nominations will be accepted on the 7th.

Additional Elections Commissioner Rasika Peiris further stated, steps have been taken to forward the ballot papers required for postal votes.
The National Identity Card is compulsory when casting the vote at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
Thereby, he further stated, steps will be taken to identify those who are not in possession of a National Identity Card, and issue them with Temporary Identity Cards. The application forms for this purpose will be sent to the relevant Grama Niladaris.

A number of political parties have nominated their candidates, whilst the remaining political parties are set to nominate their candidates in the coming days.

A meeting was held, presided over by the Chairman of the Elections Commission recently, to educate party secretaries and representatives, on the basic guidelines when conducting the Presidential Election.
A number of such discussions are to be held in future.

Director General of the Elections Commission: Saman Sri Rathnayake says, in order to hold the forthcoming Presidential Election in a free and fair manner, it is necessary for the media to act in a responsible manner.

A gazette notification detailing guidelines to be followed by the media, and a gazette notification on the use of public funds during the election campaign, will also be issued.

The Presidential Election will be held on the 16th of November 2019.

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