Local bodies will be dissolved with effect from midnight tomorrow.
Informed sources say that the conduct of polls for several local bodies will be postponed, due to the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Accordingly, the sources said that the Government has decided to postpone elections to the Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Councils, the Kolonnawa and Kotte Urban Councils and the Suriyawewa and Kundasale Pradesniya Sabhas. Elections to local bodies are due to be held in March.
Meanwhile, the SLFP Treasurer Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that this would be the election in the party’s history in which the highest number of applicants will be made. By this afternoon, 7000 applications had been released from the party’s office. Today was due to be the deadline to receive applications. However, the Minister told ITN that the deadline had been extended until the 15th of this month.