Matara Municipal Council

The Matara Municipal Council is the local council for Matara, the second largest city in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, the third level administrative division of the country. The council was established under the Municipalities Ordinance of 1865 as the 13th municipal council of Sri Lanka.

Matara Municipal Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Deputy Mayor
Ranjith Yasarathna, (UPFA)
since 8 October 2011
Municipal Commissioner
Senaka Palliyaguruge
Seats30
Elections
open list proportional representation system
Last election
2018 Sri Lankan local government elections

GeographyEdit

The Matara Four Gravets is 21.2 km2 (8.2 sq mi) in area. The average elevation above sea level is 16 m (52 ft).

Administrative unitsEdit

Matara Municipal Council is divided into 36 Grama Niladhari Divisions (GN Divisions), with seven villages.

PopulationEdit

The current population of Matara Four Gravets area, according to 2011 Census, is 114,970, a decline from the population of 103,246 in 2001.

Ethnicity in Matara (2011)
Population Percent
Sinhalese
95.87%
Muslims
3.75%
Tamils
0.28%
Others
0.09%
Ethnicity Population[1] % Of Total
Sinhalese 67,470 95.87
Sri Lankan Moors 4,314 3.75
Sri Lankan Tamils 304 0.26
Indian Tamils 22 0.02
Other (including Burgher, Malay) 140 0.09
Total 114,970 100

MayorEdit

The Mayor of Matara is the head of Matara Municipal Council and his office is located at the Matara Town Hall. Mayor Sosindra Handunge resigned on 20 September 2015 from his position and the current acting mayor is Ranjith Yasaratna.

RepresentationEdit

The Matara Municipal Council is divided into 30 wards and is represented by 30 councillors, elected using an open list proportional representation system.[2]

2018 local government electionEdit

Results of the local government election held on 8 February 2018:[3]

Alliances and parties Votes % Seats
  Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna 20,655 45.72% 15
  United National Party 13,446 29.76% 8
  United People's Freedom Alliance (NC, SLFP et al.) 5,668 12.55% 4
  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna 5,233 11.58% 3
National People's Party 179 0.4% 0
Valid Votes 45,181 100.00% 30
Rejected Votes 720
Total Polled 45,901
Registered Electors 56,455
Turnout

2011 Local Government ElectionEdit

Results of the local government election held on 8 October 2011:[4][5]

Alliances and parties Votes % Seats
  United People's Freedom Alliance (NC, ACMC, SLFP et al.) 20,681 57.68% 9
  United National Party 12,619 35.20% 5
  Peoples Liberation Front 1,449 4.04% 1
Independent 1 1,056 2.95% 0
Our National Front 18 0.05% 0
Jana Setha Peramuna 10 0.03% 0
People's Liberation Solidarity Front 8 0.02% 0
Ruhuna People's Party (Ruhunu Janatha Party) 8 0.02% 0
Independent 2 5 0.01% 0
Valid Votes 35,854 97.82% 15
Rejected Votes 798
Total Polled 36,652
Registered Electors 51,895
Turnout 70.63%

Preference votes (2011) results as below:

Sosindra Handunge UPFA: topping the list with – 8,389 votes followed by UPFA candidates K.D.G Yasarathna – 7,206 and Chathura Galappaththi with 6,356 and UNP list : Upul Nishantha – 7,486 votes followed by Nandasena Sellaheva – 3,035 preference votes respectively.

The Matara Municipal Council has five standing committees each headed by committee chairman. The standing committees are Finance and Tender, Works and Solid Waste, Health and Sanitisation, Electricity and Water, and Environment.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population by Ethnicity according to D.S. Division and Sector: Matara District (Provisional)". Census of Population Housing 2011. Department of Census and Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Compilation of Local Authority - Municipal Councils". Ministry of Local Governments and Provincial Councils. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Local Authorities Election Results - 2018 - Galle Municipal Council". Adadarena. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Local Authorities Election - 08.10.2011 Matara Municipal Council". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. ^ "2011 Local Government Elections - Matara Municipal Council". Sri Lanka Elections. Retrieved 1 December 2014.