CPA withdraws from monitoring Batticaloa elections

[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 February 2008, 12:56 GMT]
Pointing out that armed groups are allowed to participate in the forthcoming local council elections in Batticaloa, Colombo based Centre for Policy Alternative(CPA) headed by Dr.Pakyasothy Saravanamuthu announced Thursday that it is withdrawing from monitoring election related acts of violence in the district, civil society sources in Colombo said.

Just and fair elections cannot be conducted under the current situation prevailing in the region and it will not be possible to independently monitor the elections, CPA sources said.

CPA however has agreed to publish a report on the incidences of election violences in the district one week prior to the elections as well as a week after the election is over.

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) in a report issued Monday had expressed concerns of "continuing trend of paramilitary activity, reports of abduction, extra-judicial execution, intimidation and extortion attributed to 'unidentified armed men' and the inability of the law enforcement agencies to pursue investigations."

Elections will be held on March 10 for the Batticaloa Municipal Council and the Pradesheeya Sabhas of Ea’ravoorpattu, Koralaippattu, Koralaippattu North, Eruvilpattu, Ma’nmunaipattu West, Ma’nmunai Southwest, Poaratheevupattu, and Manmunai South. According to Assistant Commissioner of Elections, T. Krishnananthalingam, a total of 270,041 voters are eligible to vote in 285 polling stations at these elections.


Related Articles:
31.12.07   Batticaloa elections: Colombo's rehearsal for paramilitary p..

 

Latest 15 Reports
25.08.16 20:18  
Sweeping the issue of ethnic assaults under carpet is not reconciliation: Peradeniya Tamil students
24.08.16 20:09  
49 Tamil students boycott studies, demand security from racial assaults in Peradeniya
23.08.16 23:37   Photo
35 Tamil-speaking students leave Peradeniya campus after racial assault
22.08.16 23:09  
Ki'linochchi mobilizes against SL military-led Sinhala Buddhicisation of Tamil homeland
21.08.16 23:37   Photo
Colombo schemes permanent slum housing for uprooted Tamils at limestone quarry lands
20.08.16 23:16  
Global Tamils urged to help fight legal case of Muslim political prisoner detained under PTA
19.08.16 22:16  
Thiraayk-kea'ni struggles to survive as Tamil village in Ampaa'rai
18.08.16 23:40   Photo
Tamil graduates in East sidelined in education sector employments for 2016
17.08.16 22:17  
Colombo reinvigorates genocidal Military Intelligence in North-East
16.08.16 23:53   Photo
US 'reconciliation' talk in Jaffna while China gives state upon state to genocidal Sri Lanka  
15.08.16 21:55  
Uprooted Tamils in Ki’linochchi step up protest against SL military occupation of lands
14.08.16 22:00   Photo
2006 Sencholai massacre victims commemorated in Jaffna
13.08.16 23:17  
Ki'linochchi to mobilise against SL military erecting Buddhist sites in occupied Tamil land
12.08.16 23:29  
Tamil polity urged to principally oppose ‘military rehabilitation’ of Tamil POWs
11.08.16 23:50   Photo
Uprooted Tamils reject Colombo's crores of bribes for naval seizure of Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=24725