Lanka presidential poll on January 26

 
“Elections will be held on the 26th of January,” Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake said. An official statement said that nominations would be accepted on December 17. Sri Lanka has over 14 million eligible voters.

Rajapaksa and his allies decided to hold the polls by January next year apparently to cash in on the military victory against the LTTE. However, the president is expected to face a tough challenge from Sarath Fonseka, who quit as chief of defence staff  following a spat with Rajapaksa, as he is expected to enter the fray as the common candidate for the opposition.

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