Ensure franchise to Tamil voters, TNA tells Cushnahan
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 March 2004, 11:21 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Mr.R.Sampanthan has appealed to the European
Parliament member Mr.John Walls Cushnahan to take immediate steps to ensure
that voters in Liberation Tigers held areas in the northeast province to
exercise their franchise freely and without any restriction in the polling
stations located in no man zones in the forthcoming general election,
The democratic rights of voters in LTTE held areas should not be denied at
any cost and they should be allowed to enjoy all basic rights like others
in other parts of the country. Denial of such rights would certainly make
serious impact on the peace process, Mr.Sampanthan stressed to Mr.
Cushnahan, sources said
Mr.Sampanthan met with Mr. Cushnahan Monday evening in Colombo and briefed
him about the uncertainty that prevails regarding the franchise of voters
in LTTE held areas in the northeast province in the forthcoming general
election. He told Mr. Cushnahan that polling stations could be located in
no-man zones and the LTTE is prepared to allow Sri Lankan authorities to
post their police for security of polling stations if they are located in
no-man zones, sources said..
Mr. Cushnahan replied that he was not informed of the LTTE's position of
allowing state police protection to the polling stations in no-man zones.
This was the first time he heard about LTTE position in this regard, Mr.
He assured Mr.Sampanthan that he would take up this matter with the
Commissioner of Elections when he meets the latter on Tuesday, sources said.
The Charge de Affaires of the European Union in Sri Lanka participated in