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Mannar Urban Council

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

Mannar Urban Council (Tamil: மன்னார் நகர சபை Maṉṉār 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.


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..

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 Votes 8,118 100.00% 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]


  1. ^ "PART IV (B) - LOCAL GOVERNMENT Local Government Notifications URBAN COUNCILS ORDINANCE" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1423/2. 12 December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "TNA urges PM to put off NE local polls". TamilNet. 11 September 2002. 
  3. ^ "Nominations called for Local government elections". TamilNet. 27 January 2006. 
  4. ^ Satyapalan, Franklin R. (28 January 2006). "Polls chief sets LG polls nomination dates". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "Local Government polls on 30 March". TamilNet. 16 February 2006. 
  6. ^ "Polling commences for 266 local councils in Sri Lanka". TamilNet. 30 March 2006. 
  7. ^ "Elections to 42 local bodies in NE postponed". TamilNet. 23 September 2006. 
  8. ^ Satyapalan, Franklin. R. (21 September 2006). "LG polls in North and East postponed again". The Island, Sri Lanka. 
  9. ^ "Local Authorities Election - 17.03.2011 Mannar District Mannar Urban Council". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  10. ^ a b "PART IV (B) — LOCAL GOVERNMENT Notices under the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance (Chapter 262) LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTIONS ORDINANCE" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1699/5. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2011.