Karachchi Divisional Council

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Karachchi Divisional Council
கரைச்சி பிரதேச சபை
Type
Type
Leadership
Chairman
Vaithilingam Kugarasa, TNA
Since July 2011
Deputy Chairman
Vadivel Nakuleswaran, TNA
Since July 2011
Seats 19
Elections
Last election
Sri Lankan local government elections, 2011

Karachchi Divisional Council (Tamil: கரைச்சி பிரதேச சபை Karaicci Piratēca Capai; KDC) is the local authority for Kandavalai and Karachchi DS Divisions in northern Sri Lanka. KDC is responsible for providing a variety of local public services including roads, sanitation, drains, housing, libraries, public parks and recreational facilities. It has 19 members elected using the open list proportional representation system.

History[edit]

In 1987 there was a major re-organisation of local government in Sri Lanka. District Development Councils were abolished and replaced by Divisional Councils (Pradeshiya Sabha or Pradesha Sabhai). The Pradeshiya Sabha Act No. 15 of 1987 was passed by Parliament on 15 April 1987 and on 1 January 1988 257 Divisional Councils started functioning. The Divisional Councils were generally commensurate with their namesake Divisional Secretary's Divisions. Karachchi Divisional Council was established as the local authority for Karachchi DS Division (Kandavalai DS Division was created later but KDC continues to be its local authority). However, according to the pro-LTTE TamilNet, the Sri Lankan government had suspended all local government in the north and east of the country in 1983 using emergency regulations.[1] The civil war prevented elections from being held for MEDC until 2011.[2]

In March 1994 elections were held in the east and in Vavuniya in the north. However, elections weren't held in other areas of the north, including the Jaffna peninsula, because most of these areas were at that time controlled by the rebel Tamil Tigers. In August 1995 the Sri Lankan military launched an offensive to recapture the Jaffna peninsula. By December 1995 the military had captured most of the Valikamam region of the peninsula, including the city of Jaffna. By 16 May 1996 the military had recaptured the entire peninsula.[3] In late 1996 the government announced elections would be held for 23 local authorities in Jaffna District, Kilinochchi District, Mannar District and Vavuniya District but following opposition from Tamil political parties postponed them.[4] On 3 December 1997 the government announced that elections would be held for the 17 local authorities on the Jaffna peninsula.[5] The elections were held on 29 January 1998.

On 1 January 2002 local authority elections were called for the entire country.[6][7] It was later announced that elections would be held on 25 March 2002 in the north and east, and on 20 March 2002 in the rest of the country.[8][9] The normal life term of Sri Lankan local government bodies is four years. On 21 March 2002 the Election Commissioner announced that the elections in the north and east, except for eight local authorities in Ampara District, had been postponed until 25 September 2002.[10][11] On 17 September 2002 elections in the north and east were postponed, for a second time, until 25 June 2003.[12] In June 2003 elections in the north and east were postponed, for a third time, until 24 January 2004.[13] In January 2004 elections in the north and east, except for local authorities in Ampara District, were postponed, for a fourth time, until 23 October 2004.[14]

On 27 January 2006 local authority elections were called for the entire country.[15][16] It was later announced that elections would be held on 30 March 2006 across the entire country.[17] The Election Commissioner subsequently postponed the elections in the north and Batticaloa District until 30 September 2006.[18] On 23 September 2006 elections in the north and Batticaloa District were postponed until 30 June 2007.[19][20]

Election results[edit]

2011 local government election[edit]

Results of the local government election held on 23 July 2011:[21]

Alliances and parties Votes % Seats
  Tamil National Alliance (EPRLF (S), ITAK, PLOTE, TELO, TULF) 18,609 74.80% 15
  United People's Freedom Alliance (EPDP, SLFP et al.) 6,097 24.51% 4
  United National Party 133 0.53% 0
  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna 39 0.16% 0
Valid Votes 24,878 100.00% 19
Rejected Votes 3,190
Total Polled 28,068
Registered Electors 42,800
Turnout 65.58%

The following candidates were elected:[22] Manuvetpillai Anton Danial (TNA); Nadarajah Denisrajan (TNA); Thuraisami Kirushnasamy (UPFA); Vaithilingam Kugarasa (TNA); Paramanathan Kumarasingam (TNA); Suppaiah Manoharan (UPFA); Vadivel Nakuleswaran (TNA); Ratnasingam Ponnambalanathan (TNA); Selliah Pushparasa (TNA); Paramasamy Ramachanthiran (UPFA); Nagenthiram Sabanayagam (UPFA); Velupillai Sellathurai (TNA); Thampubalabishega Rasasinga Sethupathy (TNA); Sivarasa Sivachelvan (TNA); Mariyapan Suganthan (TNA); Sinniah Suppiah (TNA); Vishnunathan Suvishkaran (TNA); Sinniah Thavabalan (TNA); and Suntharamoorthy Thayaparan (TNA).

Vaithilingam Kugarasa (TNA) and Vadivel Nakuleswaran (TNA) were appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TNA urges PM to put off NE local polls". TamilNet. 11 September 2002. 
  2. ^ Aneez, Shihar (23 July 2011). "Sri Lanka's war-weary north votes amid intimidation, mistrust". Reuters. 
  3. ^ Amit Baruha (14 June 1996). "The Army Takes Jaffna". Frontline. 
  4. ^ "Local Elections Postponed". Tamil Times. XV (12): 5–6. 15 December 1996. ISSN 0266-4488. 
  5. ^ "Local Elections in Jaffna". Tamil Times. XVI (12): 5–6. 15 December 1997. ISSN 0266-4488. 
  6. ^ "Local elections on March 1". TamilNet. 1 January 2002. 
  7. ^ "Local polls on March 1". The Island, Sri Lanka. 2 January 2002. 
  8. ^ "Local Govt. Ordinance amendment bill before SC". TamilNet. 12 February 2002. 
  9. ^ Weerawarne, Sumadhu (11 February 2002). "Local polls on March 20, 25". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  10. ^ "Northeast local elections postponed for Sept. 25". TamilNet. 21 March 2002. 
  11. ^ Weerawarne, Sumadhu (22 March 2002). "Elections chief has authority to put off local polls". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  12. ^ "NE local government polls postponed". TamilNet. 17 September 2002. 
  13. ^ "Northeast elections postponed till January 24". TamilNet. 20 June 2003. 
  14. ^ "NorthEast local government elections postponed". TamilNet. 20 January 2004. 
  15. ^ "Nominations called for Local government elections". TamilNet. 27 January 2006. 
  16. ^ Satyapalan, Franklin R. (28 January 2006). "Polls chief sets LG polls nomination dates". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  17. ^ "Local Government polls on 30 March". TamilNet. 16 February 2006. 
  18. ^ "Polling commences for 266 local councils in Sri Lanka". TamilNet. 30 March 2006. 
  19. ^ "Elections to 42 local bodies in NE postponed". TamilNet. 23 September 2006. 
  20. ^ Satyapalan, Franklin. R. (21 September 2006). "LG polls in North and East postponed again". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  21. ^ "Local Authorities Election - 23.07.2011 Kilinochchi District Karachchi Pradeshiya Sabha". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  22. ^ a b "PART IV (B) — LOCAL GOVERNMENT Notices under the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance LOCAL AUTHORITIES ELECTIONS ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 262) Notice under Section 66(2)" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1716/32. 30 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2012.