Canadian Tamil Congress calls for free and fair Northern Provincial elections in Sri Lanka. Urges Tamil Canadians to encourage friends and family to vote in the elections. The Canadian Tamil Congress calls for free and fair Northern Provincial elections to be held in Sri Lanka. On September 21st, 2013, the people of Northern Province in Sri Lanka will go to the polls in 5 districts and it is crucial that they are able to do so in a free and fair manner.
In this respect, CTC calls upon all Tamils living in the North to exercise their democratic right and take part in the upcoming Northern Provincial elections. Submitting that ballot will send a decisive and explicit message to the Sri Lankan government and the international community. CTC urges all Tamil Canadians to encourage their relatives and friends in northern Sri Lanka eligible to vote in the upcoming Northern Provincial elections to go to the polls. CTC also urges Tamils living outside the North, but who are registered to vote to ensure that their votes are cast.
The democratic right of Tamils to vote is at great risk due to the intimidation, violence, and the potential of fraud. Recent reports from organizations on the ground including the Centre for Monitoring Elections Violence (CMEV) and Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) have reported several incidents of army intelligence and police intimidating the TNA candidates/supporters.
These acts are obstructing the election campaign, particularly that of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). CTC strongly condemns these degrading acts to intimidate the TNA, which enjoys the popular support of Tamils. "The Tamil community in Sri Lanka should be allowed to exercise their right to vote in a fair manner without the threat of intimidation, violence or fraud", said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress. "It is the duty of the international community to safeguard this fundamental right of people in a country that has systematically violated the rights of its citizens", concluded Poopalapillai.