Government plans election-rigging in Jaffna, say Fonseka supporters

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 January 2010, 03:59 GMT]
Although the delivery of polling cards ended on Monday postmasters in Jaffna have been unofficially instructed to continue to issue the cards by high government authorities, according to postal department officials who wish to remain anonymous. IN addition, Sri Lanka's Minister Douglas Devananda and former Inspector General of Police, Chandra de Silva, are engaged in activities aiming at rigging the votes of people in K値inochchi district which falls under Jaffna electoral division, Sarath Fonseka痴 supporters in Jaffna alleged.

Less than 55% of the total 6,23,678 polling cards in Jaffna peninsula has been delivered to the registered voters while nearly 45% of them lie undelivered in Jaffna post offices, Jaffna Election Department officials said.

It is not possible to issue the remaining polling cards as the addresses of the voters are not available, they added.

In this context, the unofficial instruction to continue the issue of polling cards has been given to postmasters by government authorities even after the issue of polling cards had officially ended on Monday.

Meanwhile, 90% of the polling cards in Ki値inochchi division lie undelivered in Ki値inochchi and Poonakari post offices as very few of the Vanni people have been resettled in their areas.

Postal department officials who wish to remain anonymous said that the Vanni voters in Jaffna and Ki値inochchi division will be taken to the polling booths in Ki値inochi on election day where their polling cards will be issued at a place near the polling booths.

It is alleged that Minister Douglas Devanda and Chandra de Silva are planning to exploit the above situation to their advantage.

 

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