Lanka to hold presidential vote on Nov 16
Colombo: Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election on November 16, the elections office said on Wednesday, amid calls for a strong leader to boost national security as the country recovers from deadly Easter Sunday bomb attacks.
The coordinated attacks on three churches and three tourist hotels by two local Muslim groups inspired by the Islamic State group killed more than 260 people.
President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, two possible candidates, have been criticised for not heeding near-specific foreign intelligence ahead of the attacks.
Some15.9 million people are eligible to vote in a country of 21 million people. The Elections Secretariat said nominations will be accepted on October 7. Under the law, the election must be held between November 8 and December 8.