Colombo’s commercial hub closes shop early on election day

Colombo’s commercial hub closed shop by noon on Thursday along with most other businesses across the island as the country went to polls to elect Sri Lanka’s fifth president. Colombo’s commercial hub closed shop by noon on Thursday along with most other businesses across the island as the country went to polls to elect Sri Lanka’s fifth president.

Ranjith closes shop early on election
day along with the rest of Fort. This twelve year resident of Fort’s
pavement businesses says either candidate is ok as long as his
livelihood is not ousted from his spot opposite the Standard Chartered
Bank in Fort.

By noon, elections department officials estimated that between 50 % and 60% of eligible voters had exercised their franchise.

Fort traders said while business could always be better under any leadership, their key request for their would be presidential neighbor was to move his officials residence out of the commercial