Delimitation deadline further extended



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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


 


Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha has further extended the deadline for concluding the delimitation review process on a request made by the committee appointed to review the National Delimitation Committee report.


Accordingly, the Minister has instructed the committee to conclude the process by Oct. 31.


 


Minister Mustapha yesterday said that the committee had already completed 90 percent of the reviewing process and handed information over to the Survey Department to demarcate the newly delimited boundaries on the map.


According to the Ministry, different political parties, civil organisations, and the public had directed nearly 2,000 appeals regarding issues in the delimitation report gazetted in August last year.


Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Asoka Peiris, the Chairman of the committee appointed to review the National Delimitation Committee Report Asoka Peiris the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) on Monday requested the committee to complete the review and gazette its report within the first two weeks of September.


Claiming that delay in holding LG polls was a violation of the democratic rights of the people, PAFFEREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi noted that there were several time-frames for completing the exercise. The last mentioned time-frame for the submission of the delimitation review committee report was August 31.


The Joint Opposition (JO) presented a proposal to Parliament at its adjournment on last Friday (25) urging the government to hold Local Government election without further delay.


UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena said one year and three months had elapsed since the term of many LG bodies ended, but the government had not yet fixed a date for the LG elections.


Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris said the President, the Prime Minister or the relevant Minister did not say when the election would be held.


The report of the National Delimitation Committee which was appointed in 2012 chaired by Jayalath Dissanayake was gazetted by the President on August 21, 2015.


A five-member Delimitation Review Committee chaired by Asoka Peiris has been appointed by Minister Mustapha last year claiming that the Dissanayake’s committee report contained errors.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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