TNA Doubts over Northern Polls


ballot-boxThe TNA expressed doubt regarding the holding of the Northern provincial council elections in September this year. Although President Mahinda Rajapaksa had announced that elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) would be conducted in September this year, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for November, the Elections Commissioner has not been notified as yet.

Expressing his concern regarding the government’s delay in making the announcement TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told The Sunday Leader that he is doubtful if the election would be held in September.

“I do not think that the Northern provincial elections will be held in September as promised by the President. The government (last week) brought an urgent amendment to the displaced voters registration. Although they brought it as an urgent bill, in the midst of the debate they said that the matters need to be discussed, and the urgent bill lost its urgency. The Elections Commissioner has also said that he needs three weeks to register the displaced persons. Then the nominations have to be announced and therefore I have my doubts if the elections could be held in September, or if the elections will be postponed.”