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National, district level delimitation committees appointed:

Initiative for new electoral system

The Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry has taken the initiative in the process of implementing the new electoral system at future Local Authorities elections. It has appointed national and district level delimitation committees for the division of Local Authorities’ areas into wards, to determine the boundaries of the wards and give names and numbers to the wards.

Secretary to the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government R.A.A.K. Ranawaka told the Sunday Observer that the National Delimitation Committees and the District Delimitation Committees will obtain the views and suggestions of recognised political parties, organisations and interested persons till January 31, 2013 in the process of marking the determination of ward boundaries.

The appointment of the National Delimitation Committee and District Delimitation Committee has been carried out by the Minister according to the provisions of the Local Authorities Elections Act which was passed in Parliament recently.

According to the Secretary of the National Delimitation Committee appointed for the division of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas into wards, the report on this is expected to be completed by May 31, 2013 to be handed over to the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government.

The National Delimitation Committee comprises Jayalath R.V. Dissanayake (Chairman) and P.G.H. Premasiri, Vimal Rubasinghe, A.M. Nahiya and Thevaraj Athavan.

The District Level Delimitation Committees appointed to assist the National Delimitation Committee will be chaired by the District Secretary of each district.

It will comprise representatives from the Department of Elections, Provincial Ministry of the Local Government, the Department of Surveyor General, Department of Census and Statistics and a public officer nominated by the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government.

Accordingly, 25 District Delimitation Committees have been appointed to assist the National Delimitation Committee and they are expected to carry out the division and demarcation of boundaries of 334 Local Authority areas in 25 districts and to allocate numbers and names for each ward.

Interested political parties, organisations and persons can submit their proposals to Secretary, National Delimitation Committee of Wards for Local Authorities, No. C. 51, Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 5 or to the Chairman of the District Delimitation Committee in each district.

“After finalising the division and demarcation of boundaries, they will be gazetted with the approval of the Minister and the President to conduct future Local Government elections based on the wards system, combining the first past the post and proportionate electoral systems”, he said.

 

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