Nominations Called by Elections Commission for Island wide Local Govt Elections to 29 Municipal Councils, 36 Urban Councils, and 275 Pradesheeya Sabhas; No poll for Elpitiya PS in Galle District


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Mirudhula Thambiah

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday (4) published a notice calling fornominations for the Local Government (LG) polls 2023, in 340 LG authorities,while the poll for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) in the Galle District will not be held.

According to the notice calling for nominations, the nomination forms should be handed over from 18-21 January to the relevant District Secretary. The deposits for the nominations would be accepted from yesterday to 20 January.

Political parties will have to pay a deposit of Rs. 1,500 for each candidate, whileindependent groups will have to pay a deposit of Rs. 5,000 per candidate.

The EC will also accept applications for postal voting for the upcoming electionfrom today (5) to 23 January.

Speaking to The Morning, Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayakeyesterday said that the candidates are expected to follow the rules andregulations included in the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act, No. 16 of2017.

“The entire set of rules and regulations for the contestants have been mentionedin this law. We request them to follow this law,” he added.

He also noted that the media is advised to follow the guidelines scheduled to bepublished in the relevant gazette by the EC today.

“We have now done all the preparations in regard to the nominations. Futurepreparations will be done accordingly.”

He also said that once the nominations are over, a decision on the election datewill be declared and the campaigning period will be announced.

Accordingly, nominations for the LG poll have been announced as laid down inSection 26 of the said Act, and according to which nominations to elect mayors,deputy mayors, chairpersons, deputy chairpersons, and members will beaccepted.

The said 340 LG authorities include 29 Municipal Councils, 36 Urban Councils, and275 PSs.

Also, through an extraordinary gazette notification number 23/1244 published on29 December 2022, the deposits and nominations-related details concerningfemale candidates have been furnished.
Meanwhile, the EC has already printed the nomination forms in connection withthe upcoming LG poll and distributed them to the relevant Returning Officers, in order to be obtained by the candidates once the nominations are called.

Ratnayake said on Tuesday (3) that a notice calling for the nominations will bepublished at all 340 LG authorities once the date is announced.

“Our Returning Officers would paste these notices at the offices of each LGauthority. This notice will include the announcement of the nominations, theperiod when the nominations would be accepted, at which place they would beaccepted, the deposit amounts, and the number of candidates for each LGauthority.”

He said that the election may be scheduled somewhere towards the end ofFebruary, or the first week of March.Ratnayake earlier added that the EC is looking to purchase electoral or indelibleink (purple ink) from either India or South Korea after comparing the rates, and
after the allocations are made for the LG poll.

Earlier, EC Chairman Attorney Nimal Punchihewa said that the LG poll should beheld before 20 March.

Courtesy:The Morning