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Tuesday 16 October 2018
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TNA captures Jaffna Municipal Council – Arnold takes over as Mayor of Jaffna

TNA captures Jaffna Municipal Council – Arnold takes over as Mayor of Jaffna

In a speculatively expected contest, TNA captured Jaffna Municipal Council by E. Arnold being elected as the new Mayor. The TNA had failed to gain a decisive victory in the new controversial Election methodology. In most of the places a suspension situation had developed. In this context, the TNA had started  successfully forming the government in LG Bodies.

The new MMCs convened in the house, for the purpose of electing a Mayor, presided by the Commissioner of LG of the Northern Province, Patrick Niranjan. E Arnold was proposed on behalf of TNA, and Chavakacheri Town Council. V.Manivannan on behalf of TNPF and Remidius on behalf of EPDP.

On the basis of the request of Majority members, secret ballot was undertaken for election of the Mayor. In the Primary round, Arnold secured 18 votes and Manivannan and Remidius received 13 votes each. Because of the equal votes of Manivannan and Remidius, an elimination round was held between them by lucky draw and Manivannan was Eliminated from contest. When the 2nd round was to held, Remidius announced that he will withdraw from the contest and Arnold was elected as the Mayor. Eason was elected as Deputy Mayor without contest.

In Chavakachcheri TC, the first ever women chair person, Mrs.Sivamangai Ramanathan was elected from TNA with UNP,SLFP, EPDP  voting in support of her.


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