Politics Sri Lanka goes to polls: Here's everything you need to know Updated : November 17, 2019 01:49 PM IST Polls opened at 7 am local time and would close at 5 pm with some 12,845 polling stations being set up throughout the country for 15.9 million voters. Local and foreign election observers are on duty with European Union and Commonwealth observers manning selected areas. Outgoing President Sirisena in a statement said he has created the "free environment" to hold the elections during the last four years of his rule. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.