Jaffna election date set
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Elections Commissioner announced today that the local government elections in Jaffna will be held on January 29, 1998.
The commissioner, Mr. Dayananda Dissanayaka said this afternoon that an electorate of 571484 voters is due to poll at 422 polling stations in the Jaffna peninsula on January 29 next year.
The Voice of Tigers said in an after the news commentary on Sunday that the government wants to show the Jaffna local polls as an achievement for the 50th independence anniversary on February 4, 1998 because the PA leadership has now realised that it is impossible to open the Jaffna road in time for the independence day celebrations.