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* Only a vote for UNP can strengthen local governments - PM
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 06:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today announced that the elections for island wide local government bodies will be held on 10the February next year.

Issuing a statement on his official Facebook page to all the people of Sri Lanka, the Premier said the United National Party in national government is fixing the mistakes of the past regime to build a stronger economy, "because without a strong economy we cannot provide necessary funds to local governments."

In the 2018 Budget, the UNP in national government committed over Rs 25 billion for all activities at the local government level next year - so they can develop roads, improve local health amenities, provide clean drinking water and keep garbage off the streets, the Premier said.

The Premier said only by voting for the UNP, the party he leads locally, people can guarantee a good deal from the national government for their area.

"And only the UNP's carefully selected, honest and educated local candidates have the knowledge and ability to deliver for you and your family," he said.

The Premier requesting the people to use their franchise wisely said the election is close and every vote counts.

"Donít risk the future of your local area by voting for any other candidate or by not voting, which is effectively the same as voting for another party," he requested.

"So, at the local government elections, make sure you cast your vote for the UNP to secure development in your local area and stick with the UNP's plan to build a stronger economy."

The Prime Minister said today there is open governance from the top to the bottom and there is freedom to live and freedom to speak.

"We hold elections, we empowered and strengthened the parliament. Our hope is to continue forward for the next two years correcting our mistakes and protecting this change the UNP introduced," the Prime Minister said.


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