LG elections this year under new reforms: Karu

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"He requested the local government authorities to share their resources among each other when they use state resources for the benefit of the people"


By Sandun A Jayasekera
The local government polls for all local government bodies currently dissolved and to be dissolved in a few months would be held on a single day within this year under the ward system in accordance with the new local government electoral reforms, Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local Government and Democratic Governance Minister Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday. 

Addressing a cereLate-City-DM-1-8mony held to distribute Backhoe machines to 110 local government bodies at ‘Apegama’ premises yesterday, Minister Jayasuriya said this government would put an end to the distorted election system that previous government resorted for their own advantage.

“Hereafter, there will be no elections on a scattered basis for the advantage of the ruling party and to pool all state resources to a particular election and win. Our aim is to make Parliament and local governments under one system.  We expect to empower Chairman as well as the Opposition Leader of a Pradeshiya Sabha by providing them funds and resources as both are elected representatives of the voters. We have no intention to discriminate the Opposition as members of the Opposition have a been elected representatives of the
people and they also have a mandate to serve the people,” Mr. Jaysuriya stressed.


"Minister Jayasuriya noted that the government does not want to hang onto power now that the 100 day programme has been completed"


Minister Jayasuriya said another novel feature of the new local government electoral system was increased representation of women representatives.

He requested Special Commissioners who managed to dissolve local government bodies to work independently and not to coerce into political influence of government or opposition members.  The Special Commissioners being served in an environment of good governance must learn to serve the people independently and efficiently as there will be no political interference in their duties.

Minister Jayasuriya noted that the government does not want to hang onto power now that the 100 day programme has been completed and therefore a speedier general election was necessary. But the forthcoming election must be held under the new electoral system introduced through the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which enables voters to elect not people who have money but with those with brains, decency and the capacity to serve the people as their representative in Parliament.  

The government has achieved much during the 100 day programme such as restoring the honour and dignity of Sri Lanka among the global community, providing many relief to the people through price reduction of consumer items, power tariff and transport costs and most importantly re-establishing the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and  good governance.

He requested the local government authorities to share their resources among each other when they use state resources for the benefit of the people.

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