Nominations are now being accepted in respect of elections for 23 Local Councils. The Elections Secretariat said that nominations are being accepted at District Secretariats until 12 noon on the 25th of this month. Independent Groups aspiring to contest the polls should hand in their deposits before 12 noon on the 25th. The Elections Office said that a sum of 250 had to be paid on behalf of a candidate of an Independent Group. Elections will be held for 17 Municipal Councils, an Urban Council and five Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ampara, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Badulla and Ratnapura.
In the meantime, applications for postal voting will be entertained only until the 25th of this month. The Elections Office announced that the staff of Local Councils for which polls are to be held, will not be deployed on election duties.