The Northern Province, Sri Lanka’s only province with a Tamil majority, will be having a Provincial Council by mid-September. It will be the first-ever council in the province though Lanka has been having a Provincial Council system since 1987.
“Elected members will be in the council by mid-September. Next week, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be issuing a notice in Tamil and English calling for candidates,” said Basil Rajapaksa, Lanka’s Minister of Economic Development and National Organiser of the ruling SLFP.
He confirmed that the Council would have 38 members: 16 from Jaffna, five from Mannar, six from Vavuniya, five from Mullaitivu, and four from Kilinochchi. Two seats will be allotted to parties on the basis of performance in the elections.