Governor of Uva Province A.J.M. Muzammil has temporarily suspended all functions of Badulla Municipal Council with immediate effect from today (February 10).
Accordingly, the of Badulla Municipal Council will continue under a Special Commissioner.
In an extraordinary gazette notification issued yesterday, the Uva Province Governor said Mr. Jeevantha Herath, an officer of Administrative Service, has been appointed as a Special Commissioner to implement powers and perform functions of the Badulla Municipal Council.
Retired Judge H.M.R. Anura Kumara has been appointed to investigate if the Mayor of Badulla and Badulla Municipal Council have neglected to perform tasks and duties assigned by or defaulted to act in accordance to any rule, law or any provisions in charters as per Sections (b) and (c) of the Subsection 2(1) of Statute No. 2 of 2011 of the Uva Provincial Council.
He is to report to the Uva Province Governor within a period of three months on the matter.
The decision has been taken due to the lack of support received by the Badulla Mayor from the majority of municipal council members.
According to the governor, this has resulted in the inactivity of the municipal council.