Elections to Sri Lanka’s northern provincial council will take just over a year from now. “We want to hold elections in September 2013,” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu. “We are working towards it [the elections] in a systematic manner.”

Mr. Rajapaksa said there were many issues to be resolved ahead of holding of elections. The primary one related to the electoral rolls. People who fled when the Tamil Tigers were in power and during the war were still coming in and staking claim to their land and property after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. These people too had to be accommodated in the rolls.

The last rolls were more than 30 years old and had no relation to the current eligible voters in the province.

The second issue was the completion of the rehabilitation and resettlement process. This was on with international support and was expected to be completed soon. Livelihood issues too were being addressed.

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