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EC to prevent dummy candidates entering upcoming polls

The Election Commission says it has decided to take measures to prevent dummy candidates from contesting  the forthcoming parliamentary Elections.

Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya expressed these views to reporters today.

Deshapriya added that the Commission has further decided to increase the deposit value required to contest the election.

However, he noted that the Polls body has not yet decided on the final deposit value.

He said the Commission is currently under discussion on the number of affidavits a candidate should submit.

Deshapriya said laws preventing dummy candidates has to be brought forward by the Parliament.

A record 35 candidates contested the presidential elections that was held last month.

Deshapriya said the cost of the presidential election rose due to the number of candidates and the record length of the ballot paper.

Prior to the election the Polls Chair said the election will cost over Rs. 4.5 Billion.