Presidential polls in Sept. 2024!

The Election Commission has estimated a Rs. 31 billion expenditure for three national elections due next year, said its commissioner general Saman Sri Ratnayake.

Included in the budget for 2024, the cost is for presidential, parliamentary and local government polls.

The 2023 budget already included a Rs. 10 billion estimate for the LG polls.

With the presidential election due within two and one month of completion of term of the incumbent, the election can take place in September or October, said Ratnayake.

National elections could take place anytime next year, since the president has powers to dissolve parliament after completing half his term, he said.

Elections will take place as per the present electoral register which has more than 168.55 million registered voters.