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LG Poll: Notice for nominations will be issued on Wednesday (4) by District Secretaries

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COLOMBO (News 1st) – The National Election Commission announced that the notice calling for nominations for 340 Local Government Institutions will be released by the District Secretaries on Wednesday (4).A Senior Official at the Election Commission said that nominations will be accepted two weeks after the notice is published.The notice will include the date of accepting nominations, location, bonds, candidates, female representation among other matters.Members for Local Government Institutions need to be appointed by the 20th of March, and for that elections needs to take place before the 10th of March 2023.Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake speaking to News 1st said that the date to call for nominations for the Local Government Election will be announced on or before Thursday (5).He said that the Election Commission plans to conduct the election before the 10th of March 2023.The Election Commission said that the necessary preparations are being made for the election,however, a retire military officer had filed an application with the Supreme Court seeking an order to prevent the elections from taking place.Retired Sri Lanka Army Colonel W.

M. R. Wijesundara had filed an application with the Supreme Court seeking a writ order invalidating the preparations that are being made for the Local Government Election.The Chairman of the Election Commission and its members, Finance Secretary, Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, and the Attorney General were named as respondents in this application.The application was filed as per Article 140 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.According to the Election Commission the cost for the Local Government Election is no less than Rs.

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