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New amendment on local government to be presented in next session of parliament

A new amendment on local government voting to elect members under 60 percent of the first-pass-Post system and 40 percent under the prudential voting system will be presented in the next session of parliament, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha disclosed.

Addressing a media briefing at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo on Thursday, Minister Mustapha noted that the upcoming local government elections will be conducted under a mixed system of voting.

According to the current act 60 percent is elected under the electoral division system and 30 percent under the preferential system. It will be amended to 60 percent under the first-pass-post system and 40 percent under the preferential system.

Rural leaders with clean characters with get an opportunity to become people’s representatives as 60 percent of candidates will be elected under the first-pass-post system.

Ten percent of nominations for electorates should be women, the Minister said. All political parties will be vested with responsibility to give 25 percent for women under the preferential voting system.

The draft bill will be presented to the parliament in the next session. Conducting of local government elections will be thereafter, he said.

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