1917 Ceylonese Legislative Council election

The second election to the Legislative Council of Ceylon was held 20 January 1917.[1][2]

2nd Ceylonese Legislative Council election

← 1911 9–20 January 1917 1921 →

Background edit

In 1833 the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission created the Legislative Council of Ceylon, the first step in representative government in British Ceylon. Initially the Legislative Council consisted of 16 members: the British Governor, the five appointed members of the Executive Council of Ceylon, four other government officials and six appointed unofficial members (three Europeans, one Sinhalese, one Tamil and one Burgher).

In 1889 the number of appointed unofficial members was increased to eight (three Europeans, one Low Country Sinhalese, one Kandyan Sinhalese, one Tamil, one Muslim and one Burgher).[3]

The Legislative Council was reformed in 1910 by the McCallum Reforms. Membership was increased to 21 of which 11 were officially appointed and 10 were unofficial (two elected Europeans, one elected Burgher, one elected educated Ceylonese, two appointed Low Country Sinhalese, two appointed Tamils, one appointed Kandyan Sinhalese and one appointed Muslim).[4] Less than 3,000 Ceylonese were eligible to vote for the four elected unofficial members.[4]

Unofficial members edit

The following were the elected unofficial members :

References edit

  1. ^ a b Asia Times
  2. ^ a b "Eye". www.nation.lk. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ Wijesinghe, Sam (25 December 2005). "People and State Power". Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b K T Rajasingham (18 August 2001). "Chapter 2: Beginning of British Rule". SRI LANKA: THE UNTOLD STORY. Archived from the original on 27 August 2001. Retrieved 7 February 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ a b c d "No. 29972". The London Gazette. 6 March 1917. p. 2252.