Mustapha rules out local elections this year; blaming it on delimitation process



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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


Local Government elections would not be held this year as only nine districts had so far completed the delimitation process, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha said yesterday.


He told the media in Colombo that the LG elections could not be held till the end of the delimitation process in all other districts and it would take some time.


Most probably, the election could be held next year, Minister Mustapha said.


The delimitation committee was an independent body and no one could meddle into it. Earlier delimitation process had not been properly conducted and therefore the new committee would complete the process accurately, the Minister claimed.


In addition, he said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was ready to face any challenge at present.


Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena’s participation at G-7 world summit in Japan, the Minister said the President Sirisena’s foreign policy which had not been restricted to any country had paved the way for development process of the country.


During his tour of Japan, the president was able to receive Rs. 51 billion for future development work in the country, Mustapha said.


Meanwhile commenting on recent flood situation in Colombo specially in Kolonnawa area, the Minister said the people had to face such a huge flood due to illegal constructions that had taken place during different periods and they were responsible for blocked the water ways.


The garbage issue was one of the big issues many people in flood -hit areas were facing at present therefore under the directions of the Disaster Management Ministry, all garbage would be removed within the next few days.


Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the garbage in flood-hit areas would be removed to a temporary place until a permanent place had been recognized.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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