Final election results not expected on November 17

The final results of the Presidential election is not expected on November 17, the National Elections Commission said today.

Final results of the election is usually released by the following day.

However, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that since the ballot papers are long this time around with 35 candidates contesting the Presidential election, the final results may get delayed.

The ballot paper being used for the Presidential election next month is over 2 feet long.

Deshapriya told reporters today that the final results will be expected on November 18, two days after the election.

The Presidential election will be held on November 16 and Deshapriya said that with a record number of candidates contesting the polls the cost for the election is high.

He also said that several new logistical arrangements are being made to facilitate the holding of the election next month.

The Election Commission Chairman said that he expects between 80-85 percent voter turnout at the election next month.

He said that several Sri Lankans living overseas have also booked air tickets to arrive in Sri Lanka in time for the election.