Minister Musthapha wants newly elected local govt members to manage with existing resources


by Rathindra Kuruwita

Since most local councillors do not attend all the sessions there may not be a need to expand the buildings housing local government bodies despite the doubling of the number of representatives, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha says.

Minister Musthapha said the newly elected local councilors should manage with the existing infrastructure available to them and refrain from demanding extra resources.

"Look at the parliament,

when do all 225 MPs attend sittings? Likewise, all local councillors might come together once or twice a year," he said.

The government would not hesitate to add new infrastructure if it was really necessary, Musthapha said. "Also if you look at England, you can see members standing even in the House of Lords when there is no space," he said.

The Minister said the reason why the number of councillors had to be doubled was to accommodate the 25% female quota, to ensure that each ward had a representative who was responsible for that area and to assure that minor parties had representation. Increasing the number was essential to achieve those objectives and there was very little objection from the public.

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