No EU monitors for northern poll


Jeu-ean-Lambert-300x225The European Union (EU) will not be sending monitors for the provincial council elections in the North, a visiting EU delegation said today.

Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia, said that the EU usually monitors major elections and in the case of the elections in the North there was not enough time to prepare for it.

Speaking at a social gathering at a hotel in Colombo, Lambert said she hoped the elections will further help the reconciliation process in the country.

Lambert, who together with her delegation, visited the north during her current trip to Sri Lanka, said that there still remains a lot to be done in post war Sri Lanka.

The visit by the EU delegation comes as provincial council polls are scheduled to be held in the North in September.

The EU, had earlier this year, said it wants an independent investigation and evaluation into the final years of the war in Sri Lanka, in addition to the national inquiries.

The EU had said it remains concerned about reports of threats and attacks on human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka, and encouraged authorities to hold those responsible accountable.

The European Parliament had also passed a resolution ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session in March, re-emphasising the need for accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.