A Hindu devotee lights lamps at Sri Ponnambalam Vageeshvar Kovil in Kotahena on Wednesday to mark the Deepavali Ceremony.

Pic by Dimuthu Premaratne

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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