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Vadamaradchy East, Kilinochchi voters can exercise franchise freely- GA

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 November 2005, 12:42 GMT]
"We have made elaborate arrangements to ensure that voters residing in Liberation Tigers' controlled areas of Vadamaradchy east and Kilinochchi district can exercise their franchise with complete freedom without any requirement to produce identity cards," said Jaffna Government Agent and Jaffna District Election Returning Officer, K Ganesh, during a press meet held at the Jaffna Secretariat offices Sunday afternoon.

Japan DeminingHe said that election officials have arranged 242 vehicles to transport voters in Liberation Tigers controlled areas that fall within Jaffna district to cluster booths located between 500m to 1km from the Muhamalai checkpoint inside the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) controlled zone.

International observers belonging to Association of Asian Election Authorities, Commonwealth Secretariat Delegation, and European Observation Mission (EOM), and local NGOs Peoples Action For Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) and Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) will monitor the polling stations in Jaffna district, the GA said.

Mr Ganesh said that Mr Douglas Devananda for United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), N Vishnukanthan for United National Party (UNP), V Thirunavaukkarasu for New Left Front (NLF), and Meera Sahib Abdul Kafir for Rahunu Janatha Party will function as election representatives of their respective parties competing in the presidential election.

Ballot boxes for Nainativu, Analaitivu, Nedunthivu and Eluvaitivu islets in the western coast of Jaffna will be taken with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from Kayts jetty. After the votes have been cast, the Neduntivu ballot boxes will be taken by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter and the SLN will assist in transporting the boxes from the other three islets back to the Election Counting offices in Jaffna Secretariat, the GA added.

Mr Ganesh also said that the checkpoint in Muhamalai will function normally but priority will be given to the voters crossing the checkpoints.

"Only Sri Lanka Police will be employed around the polling booths. SLA will only be called in only in the event of a security exigency," the GA said.

On the question of leaflets and organizations calling for boycott, Mr Ganesh said that he cannot comment on this matter but as a Government Official his responsibility is to provide all arrangements and security necessary for people to exercise their votes freely, as essential in any democratic society.

The candidates competing in Sri Lanka Presidential elections and the breakdown of registered voters in the different electoral districts are:

Sri Lanka Presidential Election Candidates

Wimal Geeganage

Sri Lanka National Front

Chamila Jayaneththi

New Left Front

Ajith Kumara Arachchige

Democratic Unity Alliance

Srithunga Jayasuriya

United Socialist Party

Nelson Perera

Sri Lanka Progressive Front

Wije Dias

Socialist Equality Party

Mahinda Rajapakse

United Peoples Freedom Alliance

Ranil Wickremesinghe

United National Party

Achala Ashoka Surwweera

Jathika Sangawardena Peramuna

Anura de Silva

United Lalith Front

Victor Hettigoda

Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya

Shantha Dharmawaja

United National Alternative Front

Source: Sunday Observer 13 November 2005



Registered Voters for Sri Lanka Presidential Election
Total Registered Voters: 13,314,875

Colombo

1,468,537

Kalutara

764,305

Matale

321,876

Galle

732,289

Hambantota

396,595

Gampaha

1,354,180

Kandy

907,038

Nuwara Eliya

447,225

Matara

562,987

Jaffna

701,938

Vanni

250,346

Batticaloa

318,728

Digamadulla (Amparai)

396,453

Trincomalee

239,453

Kurunagala

1,124,076

Puttalam

470,604

Anuradhapura

536,808

Polannaruwa

263,609

Badulla

533,163

Monaragala

276,109

Ratnapura

665,217

Kegalle

570,299

Source: Sunday Observer 13 November 2005



In the Sri Lanka Presidential elections of 1999, UNP polled a total number of 3,602,748 (42.7%) votes and PA 4,312,157 (51.1%).

 

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