Sri Lanka to hold presidential election between Sept. 17-Oct. 16

Colombo, May 10 (UNI) Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections between September 17 and October 16, the country’s Election Commission said in a statement.

“By virtue of the powers vested in the Election Commission to fix the date for the election, it will hold the presidential election between 17th September 2024 and 16th October 2024,” the statement said on Thursday.

The commission said it will call for the nominations to hold the presidential election within the specified timeframe in terms of the provisions of Sri Lanka’s Constitution and the Presidential Elections Act.

Ada Derana reported earlier that the commission is authorised to accept applications from candidates to run in the presidential elections after July 17.

According to the country’s constitution, elections in Sri Lanka must be held before November this year. Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the last presidential election in 2019, but resigned in July 2022 amid protests and was succeeded by Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The president of Sri Lanka is elected for a term of five years and a maximum of two terms.

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