Lanka to hold pres­i­den­tial vote on Nov 16

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.

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