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Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to amend the Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Act No 21 of 2012 in order to increase women’s representation in local authorities.

Pledges had been made both at the recent Presidential Election and the General Election to allocate 25% of representation to women in the Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions.

According to the government, although about 50% – 51% of Sri Lankan population is comprised of women, they bear only about 5% from the total members elected for the Parliament, Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions.