There will be no March 30 election for the Colombo, Gampaha and Galle Municipal Councils and several other local bodies where court proceedings are continuing, a senior Elections Department official confirmed yesterday.
All legal issues must be sorted out and consideration given to the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year period before new dates are set for these elections, he said.
Sirisena Cooray, the UNP`s choice for Mayor of Colombo, said after Friday`s Appeal Court determination rejecting the UNP`s and UPFA`s appeals against the rejection of their nomination lists for Colombo and Gampaha, that his party will be appealing against this judgement to the Supreme Court.
`Either way this will have to be decided by the Supreme Court. I have no doubt that if we had won our case at the Appeal Court, the Attorney-General would have canvassed the finding in the Supreme Court,`` Cooray said.
According to the Elections Department a total of four Municipalities (Colombo, Gam-paha, Galle and Kalmunai) will not poll for legal reasons.
Similarly two Urban Councils (Gampola and Watte-gama) will also not poll. There are 11 pradeshiya sabhas (PS) belonging to this list-?Sitawaka, Udapalatha, Pathahewaheta, Elpitiya, five in the Ampara District, Kobaigane in the Kurunegala District and Balangoda.
Similarly two municipalities (Jaffna and Batticaloa), six urban councils (Mannar, Vavuniya, Batticaloa and three others in the Jaffna District)as well as 37 pradeshiya sabhas will not be polling next week due to security considerations.
Campaigning for those elections that will be held on Thursday will have to end at midnight on Monday.
The EPDP and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (Federal Party) have carried two pradeshiya sabhas, Pudukudirippu PS in Mullativu and Verugal PS in the Trincomalee district uncontested.
Pudukudurippu in an LTTE-held area went to the EPDP because the rival nominations list of the ITAK was rejected. The ITAK was the only party that had submitted nominations to run for the Verugal PS in the Trincomalee District and was elected uncontested.
The Elections Department has told voters to produce their National Identity cards at their polling stations or alternatively other documents such as passports, driving licences, postal identity cards, railway season identity cards, pension identity cards, etc.