Gazette on LG this month

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By Sandun A. Jayasekera
The long awaited government Gazette containing the delimitation of local government bodies that will also include multi-ward system for the first time, will be issued this month paving the way for island wide local government polls, a senior official of the Public Administration, Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry said.

Secretary of the Public Administration, Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry J. Dadallage told the Dailymirror yesterday that the local government delimitation report would be presented to subject Minister Karu Jayasuriya before 15th of this month and President Maithripala Sirisena could instruct the Elections Commissioner to conduct local government polls any time after that.


The new local government electoral system, which is a combination of First Past the Post System (FPP) and the Proportional Representation (PR), will give opportunity to political parties to nominate members for a bonus seat if and when the required number of members was not elected through the FPP system at a poll in any local government body.


The proportion would roughly be three bonus slots for every 10 elected members from any political party, Mr. Dadallage said.
The demarcation of boundaries of local government bodies is based on the demographic and geographic formation of local government bodies.


The elections to elect members to 23 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils and 271 Pradeshiya Sabhas totalling 335 local government bodies, could be held after the release of the Gazette notice containing the delimitation of local government bodies.


The term of office of 234 local government bodies expired on May 15 and the term of office of another 65 local government bodies is scheduled to expire on July 31, 21 local government bodies on October 16 and yet another two local government bodies on October 31.
Commenting on the government’s decision to put local government bodies that had expired their term of office under special commissioners, Mr. Dadallage said, it was not something new and the running of local government bodies have been given to special commissioners in the past under almost all governments until elections are held.


However, it is speculated that the local government elections would be held after the Parliamentary polls, which is expected within the next two to three months.

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