5/10/2011

Elections for the rest of the local government bodies to be held on same day in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Election Secretariat says that the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils will take action to hold the elections for all the remaining local government authorities on the same day. However, the Ministry has not been affirmative of the wish of the Election Secretariat yet.

Sri Lanka government did not call for nominations for 23 local government bodies including capital city Colombo Municipal Council citing the Cricket World Cup although some of the councils situated very far from the cricket esplanades.

The elections of 67 local government bodies were postponed mainly due to judiciary action caused by petitions filed against the rejection of nominations.

The Court of Appeal is to deliver the judgement regarding these councils on May 12. The verdict was to be delivered on May 05 but it postponed due to one judge of the bench was sick on that day.

Meanwhile, a legal issue has been erupted since the postponed election will not be held before May 30 because the 2009 voters' list that was valid when the nominations were called is to expire on May 31.
Sri Lanka has 335 local government authorities. Elections were held on March 17 for 234 of them. elections for 90 of them are expected to be held in June now. In 2008 elections were held for 9 local authorities in Batticaloa District and in 2009 elections were held for 2 local authorities in the Northern Province.

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