The present form of government of Ceylon was established by Letters Patent of April 1831, and supplementary orders of March 1833. According to the terms of this constitution, the administration is in the hands of a Governor, aided by an Executive Council of five members; viz. the Officer Commanding the Troops, the Colonial Secretary, the Queen’s Advocate, the Treasurer, and the Auditor-General; and a Legislative Council of 15 members, including the members of the. Executive Council, four other officeholders, and six unofficial members.
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