Urban councils of Sri Lanka

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There are 41 Urban councils in Sri Lanka , which are the legislative bodies that preside over the second tier municipalities in the country. [1] [2] Introduced in 1987 through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Urban councils became a devolved subject under the Provincial Councils in the Local Government system of Sri Lanka. [3] The Urban councils collectively govern approximately 1,388,000 people. There are 417 Councillors in total, ranging from 22 to 7 per council. [4] [5]

Sri Lanka Island country in South Asia

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is historically and culturally intertwined with the Indian subcontinent, but is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.

The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka (13A) is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka.

Constitution of Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Constitution of 1978

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Urban councils

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Province District Urban council MunicipalityEstablished/
Elevated
No. of
Councillors
Chairman Area (km²)
[N 1] [4]
Population
(2012) [6]
Website
Western 1 Colombo 1 Kolonnawa Kolonnawa 11 (List) 60,044
2 Seethawakapura Seethawakapura 11 (List) 30,308 seethawakapura.uc.gov.lk
3 Maharagama Maharagama 22 (List) 196,423
4 Boralesgamuwa Boralesgamuwa 9 (List) 60,110
5 Kesbewa Kesbewa 17 (List) 185,122
2 Gampaha 6 Wattala-Mabola Wattala-Mabola 9 (List) 28,031
7 Peliyagoda Peliyagoda 9 (List) 27,736
8 Katunayake-Seeduwa Katunayake-Seeduwa 9 (List) 60,915
9 Minuwangoda Minuwangoda 11 (List) 7,523
10 Ja-Ela Ja-Ela 9 Shammika Dias (List) 31,232
3 Kalutara 11 Panadura Panadura 9 (List) 30,069
12 Horana Horana 9 (List) 9,550
13 Kalutara Kalutara 1923 11 Deshakeerthi Al Haj M. M. M. Jauffer (List) 32,417
14 Beruwala Beruwala 9 (List) 37,793
North Western 4 Kurunegala 15 Kuliyapitiya Kuliyapitiya 9 (List) 5,509
5 Puttalam 16 Puttalam Puttalam 9 K. A. Baiz (List) 45,511 puttalamuc.com
17 Chilaw Chilaw 11 (List) 21,441
Central 6 Kandy 18 Wattegama Wattegama 9 (List) 8,157
19 Kadugannawa Kadugannawa 11 (List) 12,654
20 Gampola Gampola 15 (List) 37,871
21 Nawalapitiya Nawalapitiya 9 (List) 13,338
7 Nuwara Eliya 22 Hatton-Dickoya Hatton-Dickoya 9 (List) 14,585
23 Talawakele-Lindula Talawakele-Lindula 9 Asoka Sepala (List) 4,691 talawakelle-lindula.uc.gov.lk
Uva 8 Badulla 24 Haputale Haputale 9 (List) 5,288
Southern 9 Galle 25 Ambalangoda Ambalangoda 12 M. W. Aruna Pradeep (List) 20 19,990 ambalangoda.uc.gov.lk
26 Hikkaduwa Hikkaduwa 11 Vinie Kariyawasam (List) 27,075
10 Matara 27 Weligama Weligama 10 Mohomad Husein Hajiyar Muhammad (List) 22,377
11 Hambantota 28 Tangalle Tangalle 9 Anil Sellahendi (List) 8,473
Sabaragamuwa 12 Ratnapura 29 Balangoda Balangoda 9 (List) 16,510 balangoda.uc.gov.lk
30 Embilipitiya Embilipitiya 2006 7 Wewelduwe Gnanapraba Thero (List) 36,712 embilipitiya.uc.gov.lk
13 Kegalle 31 Kegalle Kegalle 11 (List) 15,993
Northern 14 Jaffna 32 Point Pedro Point Pedro 9 Sabanayagam Raveenthiran (List) 12,334
33 Valvettithurai Valvettithurai 9 Nadarajah Anantharaj (List) 8,283
34 Chavakachcheri Chavakachcheri 11 Rapiyel Thevasagayampillai (List) 16,129
15 Mannar 35 Mannar Mannar 2006 7 Santhanpillai Gnanaprgasam (List) 24,417
16 Vavuniya 36 Vavuniya Vavuniya 11 Iyaththurai Kanagiah (List) 34,816
Eastern 17 Batticaloa 37 Kattankudi Kattankudi 9 Asfar Mohamed Shahul Hameed (List) 40,356 kattankudy.uc.gov.lk
38 Eravur Eravur 2011 9 Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana (List) 24,643
18 Ampara 39 Ampara Ampara 9 Indika Naleen Jayavikrama (List) 22,511
19 Trincomalee 40 Trincomalee Trincomalee 1940 12 Kanthasamy Selvarajah (List) 48,351
41 Kinniya Kinniya 2006 7 Mohamad Maharoof Hilmi (List) 36,772

Former

Elevated to Municipal council status in 1959
Elevated to Municipal council status in 1997
Elevated to Municipal council status in 2011

Notes

Parties

   United People's Freedom Alliance    United National Party    Tamil National Alliance

The United People's Freedom Alliance, is a political alliance in Sri Lanka founded by former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga in 2004. The alliance is generally regarded as being representative of Sinhalese nationalism.

United National Party Political party in Sri Lanka

The United National Party, often abbreviated as UNP, is a political party in Sri Lanka. It currently is the main ruling party in the government of Sri Lanka and is headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UNP is considered to have right-leaning, pro-capitalist, and liberal conservative policies.

Tamil National Alliance

The Tamil National Alliance is a political alliance in Sri Lanka that represents the country's Sri Lankan Tamil minority. It was formed in October 2001 by a group of moderate Tamil nationalist parties and former militant groups. The alliance originally supported self-determination in an autonomous state for the island's Tamils. It supported negotiations with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to resolve the civil war in Sri Lanka. The TNA was considered a political proxy of the LTTE which selected some of its candidates.

  1. 2012

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There are 24 Municipal councils in Sri Lanka, which are the legislative bodies that preside over the largest cities and first tier municipalities in the country. Introduced in 1987 through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, municipal councils became a devolved subject under the Provincial Councils in the Local Government system of Sri Lanka. Until 2017 municipal councils collectively governed 2,765,533 people within a 698 square kilometer area. There were 445 Councillors in total, ranging from 53 to 9 per council.

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