President Maithripala Sirisena is saying that the next presidential election will be held on 7 December.
The President also said he has not decided whether he will be a candidate at the election.
Sirisena was answering questions from journalists in New Delhi shortly after he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (31).
The Sri Lankan President is in the Indian capital for Modi’s inauguration as Prime Minister.
Modi is expected to visit Sri Lanka sometime next week.
President Sirisena said that no political party in Sri Lanka had announced their presidential candidate as yet. Therefore he is not in a hurry to announce his decision.
“ I will wait till others announce their presidential candidates to announce my decision,” Sirisena said.
The president also revealed that intelligence about the Easter Sunday attacks had come from India.
“The information was passed on April 4. Letters were exchanged between defense chiefs and Secretary Defense,” he said.
“I left the island on April 16, there were 12 days between the information arriving and my departure. But I was not informed.”
“Had I known I would not have left the island, I would not have let these attacks happen.”
“This is why the police chief and the secretary defense were sacked,” he added.
Sirisena is clearly campaigning for the presidency. For the past few months, he has been crisscrossing the country unveiling developmental drives.
He is also courting the Sinhala Buddhist majority vote by controversially pardoning the hard-line Monk Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero.
According to the election law a new President has to be sworn-in on or before January 8, 2020.
The election has to be called in early November at the latest to allow for a minimum one-month campaign.
We could not confirm Sirisena’s assertion that the Election Commission has announced the date for the poll.
Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already announced his candidacy.
He is expected to contest from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, headed by his brother Mahinda.