Eastern Tamil, Muslim nurses barred from voting in Nursing Council elections
[TamilNet, Friday, 08 April 2011, 00:44 GMT]
Majority of Tamil and Muslim nurses in the eastern province have their voting rights violated in the election of office bearers of the Sri Lanka Nurses Council scheduled to take place on Saturday in Colombo, according to provincial nurses’ union sources. 11 members of the 19 member Nurses Council are to be elected at Saturday election.
Ampaa'rai district Sinhalese nurses working in hospitals of Ampaa'rai, Dehiyatakandy and Maha Oya are allowed to vote.
Except in one or two hospitals, nurses in Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, Trincomalee general hospital, base hospitals in Akkaraipathu and Kaluwanchigkudi and district hospitals in Paalamunai, Oluvil, Akkaraipaththu, Thirukoail, Vaalaichchenai and Kanthalaai are barred from voting in the election.
Affected nurses have complained to the authorities of the overt discrimination based on race.