Elections to all nine provincial councils would be held early next year on a single day, the government said yesterday.
Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing in Colombo said that staggered polls had resulted in financial and human resources being wasted unnecessarily.
The terms of the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils are due to end later this year.
Senaratne said that the existing method of conducting elections in different regions on separate days, had resulted in disturbances in the provision of government services to the public, violence associated with polls activities, electoral frauds, waste of resources and increased misuse of state-owned property.
The proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to amend the Provincial Council Elections Act to ensure that polls to all provinces were held on the same day, had already been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Senaratne added