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Sunday, 02 July 2017 - 19:15
Implementing the gazette notification pertaining to local governments postponed by three months
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Implementing the gazette notification with regard to local governments, which was to be implemented on the 1st of July, has been postponed by three months.

Speaking to our news team, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha stated that the responsibility of deciding on local government elections has been entrusted to the parliament now.

He further stated that his ministry has fulfilled all the responsibilities that were entrusted to them.

The subject minister noted that the delimitations appeal process and the numbers of local government representatives have already been finalized and gazetted.

The minister further noted that the draft bill presented by the elections commissioner comprising of 55 technical amendments, is pending approval from the parliament.

However, Executive Director of CaFFE, Keerthi Thennakoon stated that local government elections are being postponed using the legal framework.

When we inquired in this regard from the Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya, he stated that commission’s legal division will be consulted in order to determine if postponing the implementation of the gazette notification will obstruct holding the election.   



 


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