Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 January, 2015

The Internet as a medium for free expression: A Sri Lankan legal perspective

Commissioned by and written in consultation with the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), ‘The Internet as a medium for free expression: A Sri Lankan legal perspective’ by J.C. Weliamuna looks at the legal framework governing the freedom of expression online in Sri Lanka. J.C. Weliamuna is a well-known Attorney-at-Law, human rights activist and the recipient […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

An Introduction to the Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Act No.21 of 2012 and Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act No. 22 of 2012

The laws of a country, which are the basis for the establishment of order in society, cannot by their nature remain static but need to be adapted to the changing needs of society. Amendment of legislation is therefore needed for several reasons: • To ensure the rule of law and equality for all citizens before […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

The Budget Process in Sri Lanka: Local and National Issue Analysis and Recommendations

This booklet is the outcome of the project aimed at Reconnecting Citizens and Local Authorities in the North, in Pradeshiya Sabhas. The objectives of this project were to increase citizen awareness and participation in the budget and planning process, and to foster more efficient and accountable PS’. This would increase the democratic strength of PS, […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

Public Representatives, Taxpayers and Pradeshiya Sabhas

Whilst the Local Government level is the third of the levels of governance systems in Sri Lanka, it is sometimes referred to by names such as ‘regional government’ or ‘locations specific’ government body. In any case this tier is comprised of three further sub divisions namely Municipal Councils, Pradeshiya Sabhas, and Urban Councils. The main […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

MODEL BY-LAWS FOR PRADESHIYA SABHAS

The Pradeshiya Sabha Act No 15 of 1987 is undoubtedly significant in being the only legal administrative tool governing Pradeshiya Sabhas in Sri Lanka. All subsequent amendments have been incorporated in to this act including the recently approved Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Act, No. 21 of 2012, as covering the general and special requirements of […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

Meeting Procedure for Local Government Authorities

One of the special features identified through meetings with personnel from Pradeshiya Sabhas is the lack of knowledge on the legal background of the meeting procedures among members and officials of these Local Government Authorities. Particularly such knowledge that would help to increase the performance and effective service provision in these authorities. Following the conclusion […]

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Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 July, 2014

Accounting Procedure for Pradeshiya Sabhas

It was observed through a number of discussions and meetings of the project on Reconnecting Citizens in Local Authorities in the Northern Province that officers routinely encounter problems in the understanding and application of accounting procedures and processes and financial transaction in Pradeshiya Sabhas. Such financial matters may end up in court and result in […]

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