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LG bodies to come under special commissioner after automatic dissolution on May 15.

Colombo, May 13 -- Local Government bodies will come under the supervision of a special commissioner after their automatic dissolution on May 15, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

President Maithripala Sirisena said today that the 334 local bodies whose terms would lapse on Friday would be placed under special commissioners.

Speaking at the opening of the Rajitha Senaratne Playground and the Pradeshiya Sabha complex in Beruwala, he said the local government elections would be held this year after the general elections.

He said the local government polls would be held under the new ward system.

He said he intended appointing Divisional Secretaries as the special commissioners for these bodies.

He added that he intends to hold the General Election prior to the Local Government Polls.

The official term of the LG bodies were scheduled to end in March, however it had been extended until May 15 by the government due to the prevailing political situation in the country following the Presidential Election in January.

The government had decided in late March to extend the terms of 234 local government bodies till May 15 this year due to the prevailing political situation in the country following the Presidential Election in January.

The terms of another 88 local government bodies are due to end in July or October. The terms of the Colombo and Kandy local government bodies and those of a few others are due to end in October this year.

The government last week said that the term of the local government bodies that were extended until May 15 will not be further extended and would dissolve automatically.

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Date:May 13, 2015
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