All election campaigning for Sri Lanka local elections to end midnight today

Oct 05, Colombo: All election related campaign activities for the third tier of local government elections are to be ended by midnight Wednesday, Additional Elections Commissioner W P Sumanasiri has said.

According to Sri Lanka’s elections laws, all election propaganda should end 48 hours prior to the elections. The elections for the remaining 23 local government bodies will be held on Saturday, October 08.

All election propaganda materials including posters, cutouts and banners will not be allowed to display after the deadline.

Meanwhile, all major political parties ware to hold their final election rallies today.

The last rally of the ruling party UPFA will be held today at the Kosgashandiya area while the major opposition UNP will hold its rally Hulftsdorf. The main faction of the crisis-ridden Marxist party, JVP will hold the last rally at Maligawatta.

A total of 6,488 candidates contest for the 420 positions in the 23 local bodies that include 17 municipal councils and 5 Pradeshiya Sabhas.

The mayoral race for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) between the UPFA and the UNP is the main focus of this round of elections.

Over 1.58 million voters are qualified to vote in the Colombo municipality and 1,121 candidates from 8 political parties and 10 independent groups are contesting for a seat in the CMC.

Meanwhile the Senior DIG for elections Gamini Navaratna has said that extra security has been provided for the locales holding the elections.

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