The government today dissolved the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial councils through a gazette notification, the government information department said.
The gazette was issued last night dissolving the three councils with effect from today, a year before the scheduled day the term of the three councils end.
Elections for the three councils are expected to take place in September this year.
The elections will be seen as a referendum on the government at a time when the cost of living has gone up with the rise in the price of essential items.
Meanwhile speculation was rife yesterday that former Presidential Advisor Hemakumara Nanayakara has been approached by the UNP to contest the elections on behalf of the opposition.
Nanayakara resigned from his post over a dispute with the government.