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Over 4,000 more LG

members heavy burden

on taxpayers


Doubling of the number of members of local authorities from current 4,000 to 8,000 in accordance with the newly introduced hybrid electoral system would be a massive burden on the taxpayer, civil society grouping, the ‘March 12 Movement’ said yesterday.

People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) spokesperson Rohana Hettiarachchi said the very purpose of the new system would be lost if electors failed to choose honest candidates who hadn’t been jailed, received suspended sentences, embroiled in corruption or abuse of political power.

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UNP, SLFP scared of facing electorate – civil society group

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A civil society group, calling itself the March 12 Movement, yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition was scared of facing the electorate and, therefore, did its utmost to delay local government polls further. Manjula Gajanayake, ...

Hasan Ali heroics reduce Sri Lanka to 208

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Career best figures by Hasan Ali helped Pakistan to bowl out Sri Lanka for 208 runs inside 49 overs in the third ODI here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium yesterday. Sri Lanka needed to win the game to stay alive in the series, but the batsmen faile...

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