A draft amendment that seeks a reconvening of the dissolved local government bodies has been presented with approval from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), said its initiator Jayantha Ketagoda.

He has told ‘Anidda’ newspaper that the party assisted him to present it as a private member’s motion.

Ketagoda defended the move by claiming that the public is denied the opportunity to raise their issues, as LG bodies are now under officials.

He has proposed amendments to the acts governing municipal and urban councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas to empower the subject minister to reconvene the dissolved LG bodies for a specific period.

It was gazetted on June 26.

In a statement, local election monitor People's Action for Fair and Free Elections (PAFFREL) said the amendment that invalidates supremacy of the people should be defeated.

The SJB and the NPP have declared intentions to go to courts against it.

Meanwhile, ‘Truth First’ of Leader TV revealed that the proposal was a plan by SLPP national organizer Basil Rajapaksa to keep grassroots leaders with the party.


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