Mannar Urban Council

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Mannar Urban Council
மன்னார் நகர சபை
Type
Type
Leadership
Chairman
Santhanpillai Gnanaprgasam, TNA
Since March 2011
Deputy Chairman
Sebastiyampillai Jemes Firansis Jesuthasan, TNA
Since March 2011
Seats 7
Elections
Last election
Sri Lankan local government elections, 2011

Mannar Urban Council (Tamil : மன்னார் நகர சபைMaṉṉār Nakara Capai; MUC) is the local authority for the town of Mannar in north-western Sri Lanka. MUC is responsible for providing a variety of local public services including roads, sanitation, drains, housing, libraries, public parks and recreational facilities. It has 7 members elected using the open list proportional representation system.

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Local government is the third and lowest level of government in Sri Lanka – after the central government and provincial councils. The local government bodies are collectively known as local authorities. They are responsible for providing a variety of local public services including roads, sanitation, drains, housing, libraries, public parks and recreational facilities. Local authorities are divided into three different groups: municipal councils, urban councils and divisional councils. As of November 2017 there were 341 local authorities. All local authorities are elected using the mixed electoral system.

Mannar, Sri Lanka Town in Sri Lanka

Mannar is the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is governed by an Urban Council. The town is located on Mannar Island overlooking the Gulf of Mannar and is home to the historic Ketheeswaram temple.

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History

Mannar Urban Council was created with effect from 15 April 2006 from parts of Mannar Divisional Council. [1] 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. [2] The civil war prevented elections from being held for MUC until 2011..

Mannar Divisional Council is the local authority for Mannar DS Division in northern Sri Lanka, except for the town of Mannar which has its own local authority. MDC is responsible for providing a variety of local public services including roads, sanitation, drains, housing, libraries, public parks and recreational facilities. It has 9 members elected using the open list proportional representation system.

TamilNet

TamilNet is a news website that provides news and feature articles on current affairs in Sri Lanka, specifically related to the erstwhile Sri Lankan Civil War. The website was formed by members of the Sri Lankan Tamil community residing in the United States and publishes articles in English, German and French.

Northern Province, Sri Lanka Province in Sri Lanka

The Northern Province is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka, the first level administrative division of the country. The provinces have existed since the 19th century but did not have any legal status until 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. Between 1988 and 2006 the province was temporarily merged with the Eastern Province to form the North Eastern Province. The capital of the province is Jaffna. The majority of the Sri Lankan Civil War was played out in this province.

On 27 January 2006 local authority elections were called for the entire country. [3] [4] It was later announced that elections would be held on 30 March 2006 across the entire country. [5] The Election Commissioner subsequently postponed the elections in the north and Batticaloa District until 30 September 2006. [6] On 23 September 2006 elections in the north and Batticaloa District were postponed until 30 June 2007. [7] [8]

MUC continued to be administered by special commissioners until the 2011 elections.

Election results

2011 local government election

Results of the local government election held on 17 March 2011: [9]

Alliances and parties Votes % Seats
  Tamil National Alliance (ITAK, EPRLF (S), TELO, PLOTE, TULF, TNLA) 4,757 58.60% 5
  United People's Freedom Alliance (ACMC, EPDP et al.) 2,848 35.08% 2
  United National Party 272 3.35% 0
Independent 1 236 2.91% 0
Independent 2 5 0.06% 0
Valid Votes8,118100.00%7
Rejected Votes 345
Total Polled 8,463
Registered Electors 15,979
Turnout 52.96%

The following candidates were elected: [10] Santhanpillai Gnanaprgasam (TNA); Sebastiyampillai Jemes Firansis Jesuthasan (TNA); Nilamutheen Nahusheen (UPFA); Anthony Charles Morines Perera (TNA); Subramaniyam Pirunthavananathan (TNA); Sampooranam Rathinasingam (TNA); and Selvarasa Selvakumar (UPFA).

Santhanpillai Gnanaprgasam (TNA) and Sebastiyampillai Jemes Firansis Jesuthasan (TNA) were appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively. [10]

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References

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