UNP undecided on participating in Batticaloa polls
[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 January 2008, 12:36 GMT]
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) announced on Saturday that it would take a final decision whether to contest the local polls in the Batticaloa district taking into consideration the volatile ground situation and after consulting the members of its Political Affairs Committee, party sources said. The decision would be announced following the meeting of the party political affairs committee scheduled to be held on January 23 at the party's headquarters Sri Kotha.
Mr.Tissa Attanayake, general secretary of the party, said his leadership has serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the area. He added some armed groups operating in the area were also posing threat to the conduct of a free and fair elections.
"However the UNP would make a written request to the Commissioner of Elections to deploy an international election monitoring mission in case the UNP decides to contest Batticaloa local polls," said Mr.Tissa Attanayake.