Colombo, Jan 07 (Agencies): Sri Lankan authorities have dissolved local Government councils in order to conduct the first-ever nationwide local elections after the end of the three decade-long LTTE war in 2009.

Divisional secretaries have been appointed as "Authorised Officers" to run the administrations of the dissolved councils until the elections could be held.

The date for the polls will be announced by the Election Commissioner after the closure of nominations.

The Local Government Ministry extended the terms of all local Government bodies last year in view of the two national elections—the Presidential election held in January last year and the Parliamentary election later in April.

However, some councils were not dissolved in view of the World Cup cricket matches next month. These councils will continue to be in office till end of March.