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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Tamils in the North freely exercise their franchise

J.Yogaraj - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 08 August, (Asiantribune.com): For the first time, the Tamils in the North are exercising their franchise freely and voluntararily, without any scare and pressure. Also it should be noted that this is the first time Tamils have come forward to show their willingness to be a part of the democratic process by eschewing dissension, division, conflict and separation.

According to the Returning Officers, voting in Uva, Jaffna and Vavuniya are peaceful. National Polls Monitoring Centre states that the voting in Uva province, Jaffna and Vavuniya are being conducted peacefully.

Voting commenced at 7 am today and will end by 4 pm this evening.

21 members from the Badulla district are to be elected for the Uva provincial Council, while there will be eleven Councillors elected from the Moneragala district. Furthermore, 23 members are to be selected for the Jaffna Municipal Council and 11 members for the Vavuniya Urban Council.

In the meantime, the Election secretariat in a statement, anounced that the counting of the postal votes will commence by 5 pm this evening. Returning Officers of the respective districts say the results of Uva provincial council election will be released first on electorate basis. In addition to this, results of the postal votes for the district will also be released. Finally, the total results of electorate and the postal votes for the districts will be released. Thereafter, the final results for the province will be released.

The Elections Secretariat also stated the preferential votes will be counted last.

The officials of the Elections Secretariat also stated that they expect to release the results of Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban council before the Uva Provincial Council.

According to the Elections Secretariat voting in Jaffna and Vavuniya are being conducted in a free and fair manner.

It should be noted that the elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya are being held after the lapse of many years.

The Assistant Commissioner of Elections in Jaffna P. Kuganathan said that he expects more voter turnouts in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Government Agent of Vavuniya Mrs. P.S.M. Charles said more voters’ turnout was observed in the morning session. She also stated that the public have shown much interest in voting. It is observed that voter turnout in certain polling stations have been 85 percent in Vavuniya. The overall average turnout in Vavuniya has been 58 percent so far. Meanwhile, around 62 percent is the recorded turnout for the UVA province as the time this report being posted.

National Polls Monitoring Centre states that the voting in Uva province, Jaffna and Vavuniya are being conducted peacefully. Prasanna Adhikari, an officer attached to the National Polls Monitoring Centre said that the public have shown more interest in voting at the Badulla and Moneragala districts. He further stated so far, there is no election violence has been reported.

Meanwhile, the Returning Officer of Badulla district Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake told that this time, the public from the estate sector and villages have shown more interest in voting.

The Managing Director of PAFFERAL Rohana Hettiarachchi said the voting in Jaffna and Vavuniya are observed at high level this time.

- Asian Tribune -

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