Several political parties in the fray:
‘Election fever’ in Jaffna
Jaffna is caught up with election fever after many years with
political parties holding several public rallies.
For more than a decade Jaffna based political parties were unable to
engage in any form of election-related activities due to LTTE threats in
Following the submission of nomination papers at the Jaffna District
Secretariat last week, the political parties in the fray have begun
their campaigns, holding meetings with loud speakers echoing for long
hours in the night. Posters of various political parties and their
candidates have also come up in every nook and corner in the Municipal
limits of Jaffna.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Gamini Navaratne, who is in charge
of elections said that extensive security measures have been taken in
Jaffna and Vavuniya to ensure free and fair Local Government polls.
People who accept UPFA policies can join the UPFA. Everybody should
at this critical point unite to propel the country to achieve the
development targets set under the Mahinda Chintana, said UPFA General
Secretary and Education Minister Susil Premajayantha. Referring to the
Jaffna and Vavuniya Local Government polls nomination lists which
included EROS, TELO and EPDP representatives the UPFA Secretary said
that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also stressed recently that all
citizens should work for the country sinking narrow differences.
The UPFA election campaign in Jaffna is managed by Social Services
and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda while Resettlement and
Relief Services Minister Rishard Badiudeen and Vavuniya District
Parliamentarian Sumathipala will lead the campaign in the Vavuniya
district, he said.
The Jaffna and Vavuniya LG polls will be held on August 8, the same
day as the Uva Provincial Council elections.
Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Anandasangaree will
contest the Mayoralty of the Jaffna Municipal Council. Anandasangaree
said that the TULF was contesting the election with the objective of
bringing about a change in the Jaffna political landscape.
According to a spokesman for the Elections Department 174 candidates
from six political parties and two independent groups are vying for 29
seats in the Jaffna Municipal Council while there are 15 seats in the
Vavuniya Urban Council for the 135 candidates from six political parties
and three independent groups.
There are 100,417 registered voters in Jaffna and 24,626 in Vavuniya.
The Elections Department will set up 85 polling stations in Jaffna and
Meanwhile, six-hundred candidates representing the main political
parties including the UPFA, UNP, JVP and independent groups are vying
for 32 seats in the Uva Provincial Council.
The Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu-Kataragama Devalaya Shashindra
Kumara Rajapaksa leads the Moneragala district UPFA group while the Uva
- Paranagama SLFP chief organiser and former Chief Minister of the Uva
Province A. H. Buddhadasa heads the Badulla district UPFA group.
Over 500,000 voters are eligible to vote in the Badulla district and
over 300,000 in Moneragala.