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Nineteen candidates vying for the presidency at the January 8th polls are scheduled to hand over their nomination papers between 10.00 am and 11.00 am to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya at Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya today.

Following are the candidates listed to hand over nominations: Ven Battaramulle Seelarathana Thera (Janasetha Peramuna), M. B. Thaminimulla (Okkoma Vasio Okkoma Rajavaeu Party), Pani Wijesiriwardena (Socialist Equality Party), Sirithunga Jayasuriya (United Socialist Party), Rajapaksa Percy Mahendra (UPFA), Jayantha Kulathunga (United Lanka Mahasabha Party), Wimal Geeganage  (Sri Lanka National Front), Palewatthe Gamaralalage Mathripala Yapa Sirisena (New Democratic Front), I. M. Illiyas (Independent Candidate), Ibrahim Nisthar Mohamed Miflar (United Pease Front), Polagampola Ralalage Chaminda Anuraddha Polgampola (Independent Candidate), Duminda Nagamuwa (Frontline Socialist Party), A.S.P. Liyanage (Sri Lanka Labour Party), Sundaram Mahendran (Nava Sama Samaja Party), Katugampola Appuhamilage Prasanna Priyankara (Democratic National Movement), Rajapakshe Arachchilage Namal Ajith Rajapakshe (Our National Front), Ratnayake Arachchige Sirisena (Deshapremi National Front), Sarath Manamendra (Nava Sihala Urumaya), and Ruwanthilaka Peduru Arachchi (United Lanka Podujana Party).

Accordingly, 17 candidates from recognised political parties and two independent candidates had made their deposits, Elections Secretariat sources said adding that Election Commissioner was scheduled to address the contestants after accepting nominations today.

Additional security measures would be in place in view of today’s nominations handing over and several roads adjacent to the Election Secretariats would be closed temporarily. Rallies and processions near the election secretariat have been banned and the elections commissioner has requested police to remove all banners and cutouts near the secretariat.