Term of LG bodies not dissolved extended

MaithripalaPresident Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has decided to extend the terms of office of every Local Government Institution which haven’t been dissolved so far.

He said this decision was taken to facilitate the forthcoming amendments of the electoral system of the Local Governments.

The President made these remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Nenasara Athwela’; an annual program to distribute parcels of books for 18, 000 school children in the area of the Kotte Urban Council, held today at Janadhipathi Vidyalaya, Rajagiriya.

The Government appointed de-limitation committee to reconstitute the electoral system of the Local Governments. The committee has received about 2000 appeals on that regard. The President said a period of three months is not sufficient to investigate all these appeals.

Commenting on the Local Government Institutions which has been dissolved by now, he said those were dissolved due to the completion of their terms of office. “The Government took actions to extend their terms by one and half months at that time”, the President said.

“The efficiency of the Parliament, Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions depends on the public representatives. What officials are doing is implementing of plans and taking them into the society practically”, he said.

The President also recalled that most persons who came to politics through Local Government Institutions have risen up in political leadership of the country. “Every representative of the Local Government should be committed to perform an important task for the common people in the country, using their skills and capabilities”, he said.

The President also pointed out that the politician is always criticized. He said the majority of the politicians are disgraced due to the faults done by their minority. “The people should recognize those who do wrong things and those who do not”, the President further stated.

President Sirisena was presented the book; ‘Asirimath Kotte’ and a special souvenir at this occasion.

Minister Susil Premajayantha, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya and the Mayor of Kotte also participated in this ceremony.

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