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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2909

Tamil parties demand democratic freedom for poll campaign

[b]Tamil parties demand democratic freedom for poll campaign[/b]

[b] Colombo, 18 February ( [/b]The Peoples Democratic Liberation Front (PDLF), which has filed nomination papers yesterday for 44 local government bodies in the north and east urged the government to ensure democratic rights for election campaigning in the rebel held areas. DPLF leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan expressed serious concerns over the safety of his party candidates, as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has issued them with death threats.

"The LTTE not only warned opposition Tamil parties, but also prevented their own Parliamentary proxy, the TNA from contesting in the LTTE held areas," Siddharthan said. The LTTE told the TNA leaders that no political party would be allowed to take part in any elections for local government bodies in the rebel controlled areas in the north and east.

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