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In order to stand for a parliamentary election, a party must either already have one or more seats in the Parliament or have collected a number of signatures corresponding to 1/175 of the valid votes cast at the last election, i.e. roughly 20,000 signatures.
When the signatures have been collected and submitted to the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior, the party is eligible to stand for election.
Most candidates at general elections stand for a political party. If candidates stand as individuals and not as members of a party list, they are referred to as independents. However, very few people actually do this because it requires a large number of personal votes to be elected in this way.
Anita May Jayasinghe