Provincial Council and Local government minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has told the Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake to hold the elections for all local bodies on the same day under the preferential system .
.The minister has taken steps to cancel nominations received earlier for some Municipal councils, Urban councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas where the elections were postponed due to unavoidable and emergency situations in the North East areas.
In a cabinet memorandum submitted in this regard it has been stressed that there were 71 local government bodies in North East and at the local government elections held on 20 March, 2002
Members for three local bodies were elected . On 25 March 2002 for elections were held in 8 local bodies in the Ampara district. Nominations were called thrice for 7 local bodies in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts, yet no one had handed over nominations.
Nominations were called for the balance 53 local bodies but due to emergency and unavoidable circumstances elections were not held for them to date. Under the powers vested in the Commission of Elections under the Elections Ordinance elections for these 53 local bodies were postponed from time to time
Nominations for these local bodies were received in 2002. The Elections Commission has pointed out that a majority of the registered voters in some of these areas had gone abroad or were living in refugee camps. Meanwhile nearly 22 candidates who had handed their nominations had died and the nominations were therefore cancelled.
The minister in his cabinet memorandum has recommended to amend the Local Government Elections Ordinance due to the minimum age limit of some candidates who were in the minimum age group and handed over nominations had exceeded 35 years limit.
Also a considerable number of candidates had died, displaced or switched their political allegiances, gone overseas.