The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) last week called for provisions for the public to submit objections with regards to the nominees in the women’s representation quota (25%) ensured through a national list of sorts for the local government elections.
PAFFREL recently conducted discussions with Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha. Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that the amendments to the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act, No. 22 of 2012, included the said 25% as a fixed quota of the non-elected, separate from and independent of the number of females who do get elected to office through the divisional (kottasha) {70%} and proportional representation (30%) systems.

There should also be provisions for there to mandatorily be made available a closed list with the list of the names of candidates and nominees ordered according to a prior agreement, and which once submitted was not to be subjected to change, he added.
Elsewhere, it is essential that the local authorities’ elections be held as soon as possible as their day to day functions have been severely hampered by the fact that the civil administration presently handling affairs are not held accountable before the public unlike in the case of the people’s representatives elected by votes, he noted.