Members call to dissolve Kesbewa UC

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By Dayarathna Pathirana

Reacting to a statement made by Minister of Public Order and Christian Religious Affairs, Kesbewa Urban Councillors requested that Local Government Authorities that have completed its term be dissolved and re-elected or extend the term by another one year.

Speaking at the Urban Council monthly meeting UPFA Councillor Lalith Rohana said the Minister had made a media statement earlier this month. “He said that any Local Government Athority that has completed its term will not be dissolved but would function under a Commissioner. He also said this would reduce the number of thieves in Local Government Authorities,”
he said.

“He said that any Local Government Athority that has completed its term will not be dissolved but would function under a Commissioner. He also said this would reduce the number of thieves in Local Government Authorities

Rohana went on to say the move would only hinder the development and many other projects that are being carried out by the Local Government Authorities at the moment. “This would also be a hindrance to the services that we provide. It is against the pillars of democracy that we follow. Therefore I suggest the Chief Minister either to extend the term by one more year or dissolve the Local Governments and go into a fresh election,” the Councillor said.

UNP Councillors speaking on the situation said a letter be written to the President, Prime Minister and the Minister- in- Charge with the suggestions.
Representatives of the JVP who also spoke on the matter said the President was fully aware of the misuse of public property during elections. “Allowing a Commissioner to head the Local Government would put a stop to this but it is not the correct way to do things. We should also request the Commissioner not be the head of the Local Government Authority,” he said.

Allowing a Commissioner to head the Local Government would put a stop to this but it is not the correct way to do things. We should also request the Commissioner not be the head of the Local Government Authority

Chairman of the Urban Council Sumana Viviyan Ranaweera reiterating other Urban Councillors said he would request the changes be made. “However, I have been a Councillor here for 18 years and the Council has always been elected for five years. I will insist that this Council to have only five years of term,”
he said.

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