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EC Chief cautions against premature announcements on upcoming polls

June 18, Colombo (LNW): Election Commission Chairman R.L.A.M. Rathnayake warned all political parties not to produce premature announcements on the holding of the elections, asserting that the decision rests solely with his office under constitutional authority.

Recently, NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake suggested potential polling dates of either September 28 or October 5, urging overseas Sri Lankans to consider travel arrangements for voting.

Additionally, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando indicated October 5 as a likely polling day.

Responding to such claims, Rathnayake clarified that the Commission is empowered by the Constitution to determine the election date, with action slated to commence after July 17.

The polling period is set between September 17 and October 17, inclusive of weekdays and weekends, affording flexibility for the Commission’s decision-making, he noted.

Previously, Rathnayake confirmed that the Commission will adhere strictly to constitutional and statutory provisions when calling for nominations for the presidential election.

Political parties are actively preparing for the election, with alliances anticipated to bolster candidate support.

To date, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa have declared their candidacy for the upcoming elections.

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