LG polls to be held in January

During a special party leaders meeting held yesterday over the upcoming local government election, political parties mutually agreed upon to expedite activities so that the Election Commission may hold elections on January 27.

“It is the responsibility of the Elections Commissioner to formally announce the date. However at this meeting, the heads of the political parties agreed to expedite their work so that the elections could be held on January 27,” National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganeshan told the Daily News.

Meanwhile, Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry Secretary Kamal Pathmasiri confirmed to Daily News, that the Ministry is preparing a final draft of the gazette notification which is slated to be published next week.

“We have received the report today, and are in the process of including the amendments to the draft gazette notification,” he said.

“We hope to publish this gazette notification next week, for the elections to be held in January.” The Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry said they have received a report on the amalgamation of the Ambagamuwa polling division which is to be constituted as a separate polling division within the Nuwara Eliya Electoral District and will finalise the draft gazette notification by this week.

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