The government has decided to postpone the local government elections by one year, according to government sources.
The sources say that the relevant Cabinet paper has already been submitted to the Cabinet by the Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Janaka Bandara Tennakoon.
The cabinet paper was presented to the cabinet last week, but it was not taken up for discussion at the cabinet meeting on Monday (13).
It is learned that it will be taken up at the Cabinet meeting subsequent to discussions with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon.
The term of office of the members elected to the Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Local Government Elections held in February 2017 is due to end in February next year.
In that local government election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna won the majority of seats in the local government bodies.
According to the Local Government Act, the Minister in charge of the subject has the power to extend the term of office of local government bodies by one year.
Accordingly, it is learned that Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, has submitted a Cabinet Memorandum extending the term of office of the Local Government Institutions by one year.
Speaking at a function held recently, State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Roshan Ranasinghe said that the local government elections will be postponed by a year.