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Aug 26, 2011 8:02:59 AM - itnnews.lk

The finalization of the preparation numbers of candidates contesting the Local Government polls has begun.

The acceptance of nominations in related to 23 Local Bodies, including 17 Municipal Councils closed yesterday. Polls will be held on the 8th of October. 169 nominations have been filed. Independent Groups have filed 132 nominations. Of these, nine nominations of recognized political parties and 28 nominations of Independent Groups have been rejected. 264 nominations have been accepted.
The total number of candidates in the fray is 6488. Numbers are being allocated according to the Sinhala alphabetical order. One million 589 thousand 622 voters are registered to cast their votes this time. The Elections Commissioner said that 1167 booths will be set up for voting.