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SL elections a joke

August 9, 2009

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka
…Even though the Sri Lankan government’s decision has drawn widespread condemnation from various quarters, it does not come as a surprise for the people who had been closely observing the government’s recent policies towards free media and the democratic rights of the Tamil people.
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…The military laid down tight security which required opposition candidates to get permission to visit the areas, while ruling party candidates moved about freely. Some voters in Jaffna said it was still an improvement over the time of the war.

…Ruling party candidates included government allies who ran paramilitary groups that operated as army proxies to fight the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“The people who are contesting in the elections are the same people who shot us and abducted our people,” said one resident of Chundikkuli, near Jaffna, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“I don’t think the election results will help us in anyway, so I abstained from voting,” the resident said.

Vavuniya, site of a major military base, saw turnout of 60 percent by midday, election officials said.

Jaffna, under army rule since 1995, saw only 10 percent turnout, the district government agent K. Ganesh said.

Foreign journalists were not permitted to visit the areas.
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