20 October, 2020

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Last Minute Dirty Tricks As North Starts Polling

As voting commenced in the historic Northern provincial poll earlier today several tricks were trotted out including the publication and circulation of a fake Uthayan newspaper which observers say is aimed at confusing Northern voters.

Fake Uthayan / Photo -Amantha Perera /Twitter

The Uthayan is a popular Jaffna-based newspaper owned by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Sarvana Bhavan.

The fake eight-page Uthayan that was circulated in Jaffna today had headlines claiming that the TNA had pulled out of the Northern provincial electoral race. It also featured a story claiming that TNA candidate Ananthi Sasitharan had crossed over to the government.

Wigneswaran’s candidate number is 10 but the poster makes it appear his number is 7 / Photo Dharisha Bastians

The TNA says fake posters featuring its Chief Ministerial Candidate Justice C.V. Wigneswaran have also come up in some places around Jaffna. Wigneswaran’s candidate number is 10 but the poster makes it appear his number is 7.

Meanwhile election monitors report some incidents of intimidation and violence in the Northern Province, with the military in some areas alleged to have chased away voters from polling booths. Voter turnout that started off slow when polls opened at 7 a.m. has picked up as the morning wore on, observers on the ground say. More than 700,000 people are registered to vote in the Northern Province today.

 

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    Shame of our own Government,so cheap tricks to confuse the people!!!

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    It is good. It proves that there is no democracy in Sri Lanka

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    The UN observers must report all wrong doing and take action on Rajapakse’s regime and his thugs supporters

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      Mike,

      Do you have Tomahawks?

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    This Sinhala Buddhist thugs never going to learn. World is watching good for Tamils…..

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      [Edited out]

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      The International Media such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, etc are showing all these to the entire world. The govt. is proving to the world what kind of democracy Sri Lanka is. This is of course very good for the Tamils.

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    I wonder what idiots like Jim Softy, Fukushima and T.Sumanasekara have to say about this. A gentleman president wouldnt have stooped to such levels to win an election…but MR and his family are village idiots so nothing to be surprised about.
    Sadly its the country that is falling into the pariah category…and the people who voted for the village idiot are to blame too.

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      Sri Lanka is proving to the entire world over and over that it is a pariah state.

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    Tamils can’t read Tamils so they rely on posters to vote for their favorite candidate!!

    Lets see if TNA can run at least one year.

    TNA will have to eat the crumbs falling from MR’s poodles potty.

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      Fathima F,
      Your bullshit is disgusting.
      Tamils cant read tamils indeed.

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      Why don’t you send them some ‘potty’ after you have had your share.

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      Leela

      TNA does not need the money that MR begs from all over the world. The International community and the Tamils around the world will look after TNA and Jaffna.

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        Well said.

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      YOUR UTTERANCES PROVED WRONG, SEE THE VERDICT OF TAMILS IN THE NORTH!

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      I think the International community and the Tamils around the world will look after and develop the TNA’s interests. why don’t you fetch what comes out of MR’s bum since your a filthy pig.

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    Thank God, some international media too have carried these ugly,deceptive methods of the present government and also the attack on the inmates of candidate Ananthi’s house. Never before in the history of Sri Lanka, any government in power had stooped so low! Shame on the Rajapakse clan!

    Sengodan. M

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    Superb …….but this is not good enough….PA should take a cue from how the elections were done in 1982……burn the bloody library down again, kill as many Tamils as possible and win the election…..

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      Ha, ha, ha….. Dream on!

      Sounds like another Cyril Matthew. 1982 is different from 2013. With today’s technology, within minutes the entire world will get to know. In ’82 it was domestic, today it is global.

      Whatever they do, TNA’s overwhelming win is inevitable. At last the Tamils are getting a part of what they wanted. Thanks to India, USA and UN for the pressure they exerted on the SL Govt. GL Peris is crying about the international pressure but who cares.

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    Gotabaya will do anything to win the election

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    In reality to the people of Sri Lanka any hope of an independent and fair election is an illusion. The number of voters refrained from casting their vote is increasing knowing that the elections are being rigged. MR is a master crock in this game.

    It is well know that how MR and his corrupt stricken criminal stooges to win elections. The military, police, Judiciary and entire system of governance has effectively been politicized and illicit, immoral and shady system created by MR is remain to stay and become irredeemable. Thus the ordinary people are so disillusioned and disguised and reduced to mere onlookers to all what happens in Sri Lanka due to fear of reprisal.

    It seems to the people only the God above, in the absence of law and order, could penalize these criminal scoundrels led by MR but the punishment by God takes time.

    MR and his scoundrels have successfully fooled the people to a immutable belief that people of Sri Lanka have no other way out than to contain and toe in line with MR and now endeavors to fool the international community in holding elections in selected areas and rigging these elections using his clout and his scandalous tricks.

    People who are disgusted and sickened with domestic situation would lose their faith in “international community” if they too succumbed to scandalous tricks of MR.

    For MR, his family and his criminal and corrupt sicken scoundrels the current situ is such that none of them can afford to lose the grip of power and thus will not hesitate to shed their last drop of blood to stay in power. As such free and fair elections in Sri Lanka under MR is a daydream.

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    Actually this kind of mistakes are negligible as anybody can really Identify the Person in the Picture is Hon. Vigneshwaran.

    I think printing of those Posters and Udayan News paper with errors are work of our Hon. Education Minister, Bandula Gunawardana as the Printing mistakes are his trade mark. Hon. Education Minister, Bandula Gunawardana is very famous for this kind of mistakes and he used to say that those are Printing mistakes only. If anybody challenge this printing mistake and ask Govt. to resign over the issue, then Hon. Bandula Gunawardana Should have gone home long ago and started his old business. Still he is the Education minister and Govt. holding exams. Therefore I think TNA should happy about free Posters and Just change the No. 7 to 10 as the Hon. Viggie’s picture is very clear.

    What Election Commissioner should do is to advise his counting officers that all the votes for No. 7 should count as No. 10 Votes as there is a printing mistake in the Posters like our Hon. Education Minister give free Marks for students for his Printing mistakes.

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      You got a point there when these people cannot even get a grade 5 test paper right. I think Mervyn Silva’s son will do a better job.

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        My friend, his real name is Malaka Rajapassa!!

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    Misuse of power and public funds by ruling parties have become almost a permanent feature in Sri Lankan politics. But the over all outcome of elections reflected the peoples’ will.

    Caricaturing democracy and violence and intimidation by or with the connivance of the armed forces have been easily understood by people and these actions have boomeranged in favour of TNA, who have scored an unprecedented victory beyond their expectations.

    When the heat of the elections are over reality will take over and that is when TNA must get down to business of addressing real issues and achieve results and it is only on the basis of such achievements I believe real victory can be judged. It is the duty of all progressive thinking Sri Lankans to act in a way to assist the resolution of issues in this province within a united Sri Lanka.

    Sooriasegaram

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    According to this article northern Tamils are very dumb.

    Is that what the article says ?

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      JimNutty, you are getting dumb and dumber. Any chance of you dropping dead from this esteemed column?

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    Why did you publish Tamil version in a
    english – blog ?

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      Buggers with egg on their face unable to stomach the result. Jima how was that KISS?

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        Gamini, you have asked this question from JimNutty a couple of times. It appears he has not responded to the KISS question??

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    There are Tamils like Duglas and Karuna who suck Mara do anything for their survival. They kill,betray the cause,abduct,rape,rob and commit all kinds of crimes against their own community and also do what ever MARA needs. Tamils in north know who are behind these scenes and one day they will teach a unforgettable lesson to these scoundrels.MARA also as usual abandon them after getting the “services” of these “Machchans”
    People never forget that Karuna and Duglas were the people who gave fullest support to the MARA during anti Tamil violent campaign during 2006-2009.

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    Despicable – who ever planned to publish this paper and take time to ditribute it.Dirty tricks,yes indeed.

    The ‘southern stink’ blows over the ‘northern vasantham’ and is heading taking a turn right to the chinese seas for free funds.

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      Hannah, if they did this in the North, what would they have not done in the South to secure victory and for Dayasiri Jayasekara to receive the highest preference?

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