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Jul 26, 2011 11:57:35 AM - itnnews.lk

The heads of Local Government Institutions won by the United Freedom Alliance at the recently concluded polls will be appointed tomorrow. General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance Minister Susil Premajayantha pointed out that the heads of Local Councils will be selected considering the preferential votes obtained, other than special circumstances.

He said he was due to receive the preferential vote results of the Local Government Institutions at which the government emerged victorious at the recent local government election by tomorrow. Speaking further the Minister stated that the mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen and vice chairmen of pradeshiya sabhas will be named when the relevant results are received. Secretaries of the relevant political parties have the opportunity of naming individuals for the main positions within 14 days of the release of the election results. The United People’s Freedom Alliance emerged victorious in 45 Local Councils while the Ilangai Thamil Arasu Katchi emerged victorious in 18 local government institutions. The Tamil United Liberation Front won two Local Bodies. The Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government is planning to conduct a series of seminars for the Councillors elected at the polls.

Meanwhile it is reported that a meeting of leaders of parties affiliated to the Freedom Allinace is due to be held next week to decide on the date of dissolution of the remaining Local Authorities. The term of office of 23 Local Councils including Municipals and for which elections to Local Councils which were postponed due to the Cricket World Cup was due to end on the 31st of March this year. However, under the Public Security Act, the President extended the official term of office of these Local Councils up to the 31st of December this year.