LG members Gazetted

Published : 12:02 am  March 17, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • Govt.  Printer says online access may take time
  • We get our hands washed after the declaration
  • It is the responsibility of the members now

 

Untitled-8By Sandun A Jayasekera

Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said now that the Gazette on the selection of members to LG bodies had been issued, Local Government bodies were free to convene, elect their respective Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Mayors or Deputy Mayors and begin formal local administrations at any time.

 

“We get our hands washed after the declaration of the Gazette and we have nothing to do with the Constitution of LG bodies. It is the responsibility of the members elected to each LG body to elect mayor or the chairman and formally start the local government administration,” Mr. Deshapriya told the Daily Mirror

 

“We get our hands washed after the declaration of the Gazette and we have nothing to do with the Constitution of LG bodies. It is the responsibility of the members elected to each LG body to elect mayor or the chairman and formally start the local government administration,” Mr. Deshapriya told the Daily Mirror.


Meanwhile, the Government Printing Department yesterday started uploading of the much delayed ‘Extraordinary Gazette’ on ’Local Authority Selection (of Members) Ordinance’ with the publication of members to LG bodies in several districts.


Accordingly, by late afternoon yesterday selection of members to LG bodies in the Districts of Kalutara, Matale, Matara, Puttalam Moneragala, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa, Kilinochchi and Polonnaruwa had been uploaded in the Government Printers’ website.


However, Government Printer Gangani Kalpana Liyanage admitted a difficulty faced by the public and the media to access the website.


“Due to heavy Internet traffic and probably as a result of the recent blockade on online social websites, we have experienced a delay in the access to our website. But I expect it could be overcome by tomorrow morning,” Mrs. Liyanagae said.


Mrs. Liyanage told the Daily Mirror that the Gazette for online publication must come from the Elections Commission after proofing and added the entire Gazette had to be  issued in three languages.
The Government Printing Department had taken measures to upload the Gazette even section by section considering its urgency and therefore only for a handful of districts the Gazette has been issued with all three languages, she said.


Mrs. Liyanage said she expected to upload selection of members in all 25 Districts by this morning (17).


Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha said the LG bodies had one month in the terms of the Act after the issuance of the gazette to elect the chairman or the mayor of their respective LG body and begin local administration.


At the February 10 Local Government elections, voters elected members to 24 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils and 275 Pradeshiya Sabhas.


The polls for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha are pending until the Supreme Court delivers its ruling on a petition filed by the United National Front (UNF) challenging the rejection of its nomination paper by the returning officer.

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