Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2019: Voters head to polls as election gets underway

Nov 16, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lankans have begun casting votes in Presidential Elections after weeks of campaigns which largely focused on national security and prosperity of the country.

A record number of 35 candidates are running for this year’s election including a retired army chief, two Buddhist monks, and just one female candidate.

The two leading contenders, however, are cabinet Minister Sajith Premadasa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

More than 15.9 million registered voters among a total population of 21.8 million are eligible to vote in the election and will decide either to stick with the status quo by re-electing the current ruling party or to return to Rajapaksa era.