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JVP today said the local government election should be held using the Proportional Representation System used earlier as it would be delayed further if the authorities decided to conduct it under the First Past the Post system that was proposed recently.

Addressing a press briefing, its leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Chairman of the Election Commission had informed that at least 56 amendments needed to be made to the current system if they were to use it to conduct the LG polls.

He said that even though the report of the delimitation review committee had been gazetted, measures had still not been taken to resolve the technical issues that existed. He said another gazette notification had to be issued by announcing the number of members to be elected to each local authority, along with the number of slots allotted to woman candidates.

“For instance amendments had been recommended to be included in the Local Authorities' Election Act that at least 25 per cent of slots should be reserved for women candidates. Therefore with the number of slots set aside women candidates rising the number has to be gazetted,” he said.

“Nearly two years has been passed after the tenure of the local government authorities officially ended. Before we hold elections, these matters have to be looked into, all of which takes more time,” he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said that it was unclear exactly how many members would make up a local authority with a new election system in place. “Under the new system the number of members count rise to 3,423, which is an increase of nearly 60 per cent over the old system. As an example in the Colombo Municipal Council there are presently 53 members. With the new system it would rise to nearly 85. We would have to face the additional problem of space to house these members as well if this takes place,” he said.

He said that all the local authority buildings needed to be demolished and more space made for the additional personnel who would be appointed. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 7

  • ajith Monday, 20 February 2017 01:26 AM

    Is 2020 hero getting scared ?.

    gobbaya Monday, 20 February 2017 03:39 AM

    u guys will be wiped out if its not PR...serves right via DM Android App

    Mahila Monday, 20 February 2017 04:43 AM

    The ("Mixed") system combining the first past the post and the PR is the best to suit the need of the constituents. than they will know the councillor who is responsible for and elected by them. The present PR system we are funding (cars, sitting allowances, postage etc.,) of councillors with no accountability to voters of individual wards and voters do not know whom to approach to resolve their issues/problems when one arises.

    Ajith Monday, 20 February 2017 07:09 AM

    Please fight for the PR system. That's the only way you can win a few seats. If it is first past the post system, very unlikely that you can win even a single seat. How pathetic!

    Dr.Watson Monday, 20 February 2017 07:39 AM

    Throwing in the towel before the fight has even begun. The party will litter support by the people. They talk a lot. We all want elected member responsible to the seat they represent. Come on and face the reality.

    Leo Monday, 20 February 2017 09:00 AM

    JVP Dug its its own grave when they supported hostililities against SAITM. So the elections would not in anyway benefit the JVP. via DM Android App

    Jehan Monday, 20 February 2017 12:14 PM

    JVP dug its grave when it sided with the capitalists and NGOs.

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