July 17, Colombo: The relevant draft bill to hold Local Government (LG) elections will be presented in parliament next week, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
He noted that the holding of LG elections was delayed due to irregularities in the previous draft bill.
He was addressing a workshop on garbage management held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. Provincial councils and local government ministries have organized the workshop to work out a proper and scientific plan for solid waste management and combat dengue menace.
Addressing the gathering, the President noted that the government is under criticism politically and the media is claiming that the government is not holding the LG elections.
"If the previous draft bill passed in parliament was prepared correctly, then we would have been able to hold elections much earlier," the President said.
The demarcation of the electoral boundaries was not properly made in the previous draft bill, he said. A massive protest was created in the country due to those shortcomings in the bill and certain section of politicians supported these protests. There was a demand from the public to streamline the demarcation of electoral boundaries.
He said it took one and half years to tackle this issue as there were over 1500 appeals and a considerable period of time has to be spent to settle all these issues.
However, the government has finished those and necessary amendments will be produced before the parliament as soon as possible. By January or February new chairmen, mayors and public representatives to the local bodies will be appointed, he said.
Minister of Provincial Government Faizer Mustapha handed over the report containing proposals and recommendations for streamlining solid waste management to combat the dengue menace to the President.
Provincial governors, chief ministers and officials of local government institutions participated in the event.