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Elections to remaining 23 local bodies in January
Elections to the remaining 23 local bodies will be held only in January next year, authoritative governmental sources said.
The life span of all local bodies were earlier extended up to December 31, 2011 under the Emergency Regulations. However, elections were conducted to some local bodies at the beginning of the year and subsequently to 63 local bodies on July 23.
Elections to the remaining 23 local bodies including that of seven municipalities including the Colombo Municipality would be held in January next year, according to sources.
Elections were also due for the Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia, Kotte, Kandy, Matale, Galle and Anuradhapura municipal councils.
The Government said the elections to the 23 remaining local bodies could be held in September this year but due to practical difficulties faced by the Elections Department it has now been decided to hold these elections in January
In the event of elections conducted in January it would be after the government presents the 2012 Budget in Parliament at the latter part of this year and could be based on the latest electoral register being compiled now for the year 2011, sources further said.
The issue of conducting elections to the remaining local bodies was discussed in detail at a meeting of representatives of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) presided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. At this meeting several party leaders had suggested that the polls to the remaining local bodies should be held only after the presentation of the 2012 Budget. (SS).