Jaffna polling directions deemed appropriate

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 December 1999, 04:19 GMT]
Acting Commissioner of Election D. B. Dasanayaka has given relevant directions to the Jaffna District Returning Officer in order to ensure a free and fair Presidential Poll, Deputy Solicitor General Saleem Marsoof told the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.

He was addressing Court on a petition filed by petitioner S. Paramapatham.

Mr. Marsoof submitted that the Court could be satisfied that appropriate steps had been taken.

Mr. Marsoof also forwarded a copy of the relevant circular for perusal by Court.

Justice Asoka de Silva presiding over the sessions indicated the contents of the circular were satisfactory. President's Counsel Shibly Aziz told Court that in view of the assurance given to Court, his client would withdraw the petition.

The petitioner sought a ruling directing the Polling Officers and the Returning officers serving in Jaffna District to ensure that ballot papers are issued only to registered voters whose identity have been duly ascertained.

The petition also sought that these election officers are advised to prevent tampering with ballot boxes.

In his petition, Paramapatham states that during the 1998 and 1999 election there had been incidents of intimidation of voters, impersonation, storming of polling booths and violence.

He further states it is reasonably apprehended that these could take place on a larger scale in Jaffna during the present polls.

 

Latest 15 Reports
27.07.16 23:14  
UNP answerable for 1983 genocidal pogrom: Batticaloa UNP Organiser
26.07.16 23:38  
JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
16.07.16 13:37   Photo
SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University
15.07.16 23:51   Photo
Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4365