Sirisena rules out seeking 2nd term as prez
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday ruled out contesting the presidential elections for a second term as he failed to make a deposit to contest the November 16 polls. The deadline to make the deposits ended at 12 noon (local time) on Sunday and Sirisena was not among the 41 candidates who had paid deposits in order to handover nominations on Monday.
A record 41 candidates representing different political parties and independent groups have placed cash deposits for the election. This is the largest number of presidential candidates who have deposited money in the history, officials said.