TNA wants Tigers
for local elections
By Shelani Perera
The Tamil National Alliance is demanding fresh nominations for local
government elections for the northern and eastern provinces in an
apparent move to accommodate some LTTE cadres in the nomination
Commissioner M. C. Arunthavachelvam told The Sunday Times that the
elections, postponed from March, had been scheduled for September
25 and could not be put off again. Nominations for the elections
in the northeast had already been accepted.
Ordinance does not permit the postponement of the polls for the
second time. If we are to postpone, the Act has to be amended by
parliament," he said.
can be passed by a simple majority. The elections were due to be
held in March after nominations for it were accepted, but have been
postponed for September after the ballot papers were also printed.
Secretary R Sambanthan told The Sunday Times that just as the Government
postponed the elections, nominations should be nullified and fresh
ones called for.
said there was a possibility that the LTTE would also contest the
elections if fresh nominations were called. The TNA has also questioned
the prudence of holding elections next month at a time when peace
talks were being held.
The EPDP, however,
strongly opposed the call by the TNA for fresh nominations . EPDP
Parliamentarian S. Sivathasan said the government should go ahead
with the local polls to ensure democratic representation.
The EPRLF has
called on the Government to postpone the elections until the peace
talks are held as it believes the polls might complicate the talks.