Friday, 19 June 2015 - 19:06
595 new local government institution members under the new de-limitation
The number of members to be elected for the local government institutions have been increased by 595 under the new boundaries marked according to the new Local Government Election Act.
According to the boundary defining committee report, 5081 members against its previous number of 4486, to be elected under the new electorate system.
At the same time, the committee report has recommended a total number of 4819 seats for all local government institutions.
A mixed system based on electorate system was introduced for local government institutions under the Local Government Election Act Number 22 of 2012.
With the introduction of the new Act, a boundary defining committee was also appointed.
The committee received 122 proposals from elected representatives and 56 out of them were approved by the committee.
Accordingly, the last report of the National Committee for defining boundaries of electorates of local government institutions was handed over to subject Minister Karu Jayasuriya today.
This committee report has recommended 4573 sole representative electorates, 241 - two-member electorates and 9 - three-member multi representative electorates.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet recently approved a new code of conduct to be introduced for local government institution members.