National Delimitation Committee finalises ward system
The National Delimitation Committee appointed to demarcate electoral
boundaries (wards) in each Local Government body is now finalising the
wards system after inquiring from the District Delimitation Committees
whether they had adopted the given criteria when demarcating the wards
and naming them, Secretary to the Local Government and Provincial
Councils Ministry R.A.A.K. Ranawake said.
"The National Delimitation Committee has completed the inquiries from
12 District Delimitation Committees to ascertain whether the committees
had followed the criteria given by the Ministry and whether they had
taken into account the opinion expressed by the people and the political
parties when demarcating the wards", Ranwake said.
Kurunegala, Kalutara, Moneragala, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Kilinochchi
and Ratnapaura are among the 12 districts where inquiries have already
been finalised. "We hope to complete the inquiring process by May 15
after convening all the District Delimitation committees", he said. The
National Delimitation Committee was appointed after the Local Government
Amendment (Elections) Bill was passed unanimously in Parliament.
The District Level Delimitation Committees appointed to assist the
National Delimitation Committee are chaired by the District Secretary of
These committees also comprise representatives from the Department of
Elections, Provincial Ministry of the Local Government, the Department
of Surveyor General, Department of Census and Statistics and a public
officer nominated by the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local
Government. Accordingly, 25 District Delimitation Committees have been
appointed to assist the National Delimitation Committee and they were
assigned to carry out the division and demarcation of boundaries of 334
Local Authority areas in 25 districts and to allocate numbers and names
for each ward.