UNP accuses SL Government of plans to sabotage Jaffna poll
[TamilNet, Monday, 14 November 2005, 17:55 GMT]
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) Monday charged Sri Lanka
government of trying to disrupt a just and fair presidential poll in
Jaffna district by sending nearly three hundred Sri Lanka Army (SLA) deserters to the district.
Brigadier Sarath Munasinghe, former spokesperson for the SLA,
addressing a press briefing Monday, said that the government has obtained
the support of a paramilitary Eelam Peoples
Democratic Party (EPDP) activist to sabotage the poll.
The main contest for the executive presidency is between Mr.Ranil
Wickremasinghe, UNP and Opposition Leader, and the Prime Minister Mr.Mahinda
Eleven other candidates are standing for the election.
"We have documents and other evidence to prove government's attempt to
disrupt the poll in the Jaffna district. Government leaders have planned to
send about three hundred army deserters to Jaffna by private commercial
flights. Some senior officials of the three armed forces are also involved
in the sabotage attempt," Mr.Sarath Munasinghe said.
The UNP leadership has taken steps to lodge complaints with
the Commissioner General of Elections, heads of three armed forces, and the
Election Monitoring Committee, he further said.