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The Elections Commission (EC) has identified 13 presidential candidates who were in the fray merely to support either of the two main contenders, an official said yesterday.

In an interview with Daily Mirror, EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said his office mulled action against these candidates. “The commission noted seven candidates supporting one main candidate and six supporting the other,” he said.

When asked how these candidates canvassed for the main contenders, he said their authorised agents were seen on the stages of the main candidates. Besides, he said, the secretaries to political parties represented by these candidates addressed election rallies in support of either of the two main contestants.

“The increase in cash deposit required for contesting the election and denial of registration for parties doing so will serve as deterrents,” he said.

There are 35 contestants in the fray this time. Mr. Deshapriya said this had resulted in an unnecessary workload for the commission. “Ballot paper will be too long this time. We need additional ballot boxes,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 5

  • Perumal Tuesday, 05 November 2019 08:37 AM

    Ballot papers and cigarettes in the same boxes?

    Jude Tuesday, 05 November 2019 08:43 AM

    Make NO mistake, all 35 are Dummies!!! YEAH!!!

    Sam Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:09 AM

    I found 35 dummy candidates

    RS Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:54 AM

    they found this after completing the printing of ballot papers? Shouldn't that background check done before approving the nomination?

    Voter Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:26 AM

    Identification alone useless. Some action needed. At least for future amend laws increase deposit to at least Rs 1.5 and 2.0 Mn as they are refundable to creditable candidates.

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