Nov 19, 2019

Deposits of 33 presidential candidates confiscated Featured

The deposits placed by 33 of the 35 presidential candidates who contested the 2019 presidential election has been confiscated.

The reason that these presidential candidates have lost their deposits is due to their failure to obtain at least 5% of the valid votes.

Only the SLPP presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (52.25%) and the NDF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa (41.99%) were able to obtain over 5% of the total number of valid votes.

Even Anura obtained only 3.16%

The third highest votes at the presidential election was obtained by the Jathika Jana Balawegaya presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake, but as he obtained only 3.16% of the total number of valid votes, he too lost his deposit.

The candidates contesting the presidential election under a recognized political party is required to make a deposit of Rs. 50,000 and any independent candidate is required to make a deposit of Rs, 75,000.