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UPDATED: 19:43, November 14, 2005
All ready for presidential poll: Sri Lanka elections cheif
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Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said here Monday that all arrangements for the Nov. 17 presidential poll has been finalized.

The campaigning by all 13 candidates for the poll will close midnight on Monday and Dissanayake said that radio and television campaigns too must come to an end.

Some 13.3 million voters are eligible to vote to elect the country's next president for a six year term.

The incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe are the front runners.

On the poll in the troubled north and east provinces, Dissanayake said that cluster polling stations would be set up in government controlled areas for voters from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled areas to vote.

Special buses would be provided for them to facilitate voting for them despite an indirect call by the LTTE to boycott the poll.

The Tigers have said that they were not interested in the election because they had no faith in the abilities of both Rajapaske and Wickremesinghe to bring a solution to satisfy the aspirations of the Tamil minority.

Dissanayake said the number of voters in the northern Jaffna peninsula are much less than the registered number of 700,000.

"Only about 250,000 people had voted in previous elections," Dissanayake said responding to news reports that a large number of poll cards are yet to be delivered.

Dissanayake said the poll cards were not mandatory to vote. If a voter's name appears in the register he could vote after proving his identity.

Dissanayake repeated his warning that a repoll would be held in areas if allegations of election rigging surfaced from any of the 10,486 polling stations throughout the island.

Source: Xinhua


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