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Local Polls in early Dec. or January next year

Local government elections would be held in early December or January next year, the government said yesterday.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly Cabinet news conference in Colombo that polls would have to be conducted prior to the GCE O/L examination, which was scheduled to commence on December 12 or in the first week of January 2018.

The recently amended Local Authorities Act, would be signed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today, Minister Senaratne said.

The number of local government members has been increased by 40 percent with 25 percent of the seats allocated for women.

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