Accepting nominations for the 2015 presidential election is being taken place at the election secretariat in Rajagiriya today (Dec. 8).
Nineteen (19) candidates have placed deposits to contest the election. Mahinda Rajapaksa from UPFA, Venerable Battaramulle Seelarathna Thera from Jana Setha Peramuna, M.S. Naminimulla from Okkoma Vasiyo Okkoma Rajavaru, Pani Wijesiriwardena from Socialist Equality Party, Jayantha Kulathunga from Eksath Lanka Maha Sabhawa, Wimal Geeganage from Sri Lanka National Front, Maithripala Sirisena from New Democratic Front, Nisthar Mohammed from United Peace Front, Duminda Nagamuwa form Frontline Socialist Front, A.S.P Liyanage from Sri Lanka Workers Party, Sundaram Mahendran from New Samasamaja Party, Prasanna Priyankara from Democratic National Movement, Namal Ajith Rajapakse from Our National Front, R.A.D. Sirisena from Patriotic National Front, Sarath Manamendra from Nava Sihala Urumaya, Ruwan Peduru Arachchi from United Lanka People's Party will contest the election.
I.M. Illiyas and Anuruddha Polgampola are independent candidates.
The police say special traffic plan is underway at the election secretariat area during the acceptance of nominations from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. Accordingly, heavy vehicles except passenger transport busses are not allowed to enter the Ayurveda roundabout up to Welikada Junction along the Kota road and up to parliamentary roundabout. The road will be totally closed from 12.30 to 1.30 pm.
Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana requests the motorists to use alternative roads during this period. He further said that about 2,000 police personnel have been deployed for the security during this period in and around the election secretariat.