Sri Lankans go to local polls Thursday

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 20:42 GMT]
Sri Lankans will elect 4442 members for the 330 local councils in the elections to be held Thursday. In Trincomalee elections are being held after a lapse of 12 years, and in six NorthEast districts- Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa the elections have been postponed for six months.

23331 candidates from political parties and independent groups are contesting in the local elections. 13,327,160 persons are qualified to cast their votes.

Of the 330 local authorities 18 are Municipal Councils (MC), 42 Urban Councils (UC) and 270 Pradesiya Councils (PS). Of the 270 PS, elections to Verugal PS in Trincomalee district and Puthukudiruppu PS in Mullaitivu district will not be held as Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) and Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) were returned uncontested to these local authorities respectively when the nominations closed on February 16.

About 65,000 police officers have been deployed on election duty till the counting is over on Friday. But the police alert would be in force for a week after the poll, Mr.Chandra Fernando, Inspector General of Police said. The Sri Lanka Army has been put on stand by duty to quell any disturbances during and after the poll.

Elections are held according to Voters' Register prepared in the year 2004, sources said.

Elections to local authorities- 2 MC, 5 UC and 37 PS- in six districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa have been postponed. But elections to local authorities in the districts of Amparai and Trincomalee are to be held Thursday

In the Trincomalee district sixty-six years old Trincomalee Urban Council and other eleven local authorities go to poll Thursday for the first time after twelve years. Of the thirteen local authorities, two Kinniya Urban Council and Verugal Pradesiya Sabah- are newly created. Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) was returned uncontested to one of the newly created local body "Verugal Pradesiya Sabah" located in LTTE controlled Eachchilampathu division when the nominations closed on February 16, sources said..

Trincomalee was raised to the status of Urban Council on 01.01.1940. Earlier an institution called "Local Board" from 1884 to 1933 and from 1934 to 1939 by "Local Development Board" administered Trincomalee town.

 

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