The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) charged that Sri Lankan government’s explanations for not holding the Northern Provincial Council (PC) polls was unacceptable and absurd. The SL government said that Northern PC polls cannot be held this year due to an outdated voters list and the delay in de-mining process in the Wanni district. Earlier, the government had said it would go for PC elections in the North in September 2013.
TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran told to the Colombo media that it was absurd on the part of the government to cite the above reasons considering the fact that three elections were held in the former war affected areas since 2010.
“The government has the 2011 voters list, which can be used for the elections. Resettlement and de-mining cannot be given as an excuse because the government had conducted three elections in these areas despite de-mining and resettlement being incomplete,” Premachandran charged.
The Sri Lankan Cabinet spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella last week said it was not possible to hold PC polls in the North as resettlement and de-mining processes were incomplete.
However, Premachandran said the government had different reasons. “It knows that we (TNA) would defeat them. They cannot do what they want with a TNA led council,” he charged.