Elections for the Northern, North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be held on September 7, Government sources told The Sunday Leader.
The North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be dissolved by June 20 after which the dates for the elections will be announced.
The Northern Provincial Council is also to be formed in time for elections to be held on September 7. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake said that the date for the elections are usually announced after the Provincial Councils are dissolved.
When contacted by The Sunday Leader Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said that moves are underway to dissolve both the North Western and Central Provincial Councils on the same day.
He also said that the Chief Ministers of both provinces have been called for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the polls.
An official in the North Western Province Chief Minister’s office said that Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe had a meeting on Friday regarding the polls.
When asked, Puttalam District SLFP organizer Arundika Fernando confirmed that the government hopes to dissolve both Provincial Councils by June 20 in order to prepare for the elections.
The government had already announced on an earlier occasion that the elections for the Northern Province will be held in September. Ahead of the Elections the government has set in motion moves to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.