Petition filed against LG delimitation Gazette

Petition filed against LG delimitation Gazette

November 15, 2017   04:04 pm

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeal seeking to invalidate the Gazette notification issued on the Demarcation of wards of Local Authorities.

Ada Derana court reporter said that the petition has been submitted by six citizens with voting rights, who are residents of Colombo, Kandy, Hali-Ela, Matara and Embilipitiya. 

Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faiszer Mustapha and the Secretary to the ministry H.T. Kamal Pathmasiri have been named as respondents in the application.

The petitioners claim that the gazette notification was issued by the minister disregarding the recommendations of the sub-committee appointed to carry out the demarcation of local government bodies. 

They point out that such actions are unlawful and that the minister has no authority to do so. Therefore they request the court to issue an order invalidating the said gazette notification. 

The petition is to be taken up for consideration tomorrow (16). 

The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils appointed the five-member committee on 1st December 2015 to look into discrepancies regarding demarcation of boundaries and shortcomings of the report submitted by the National Delimitation Commission (NDC).

It was entrusted to carryout demarcation activities after reviewing the appeals made with regards to the demarcation of 206 out of 336 local government areas.

The report by the Delimitation Committee was handed over to Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Mustapha in January this year while the relevant gazette notification was issued the following month.

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