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NPC Polls: C’wealth Observer Report Slams Military Influence

The Commonwealth Election Observer Mission to the Northern provincial polls yesterday released their preliminary report of their findings, calling polling day largely peaceful but noting with concern the heavy presence and influence of the military in the electoral process.

Maj Gen Mahinda Hathurusinghe - Jaffna Commander

“The heavy presence and influence of the military, including persistent reports of overt military support for particular candidates, reported cases of the military actually campaigning for selected candidates, and military involvement in the intimidation of the electorate, party supporters and candidates. The role of the military in the electoral campaign was consistently described to the mission as a significant obstacle to a credible electoral process,” the Commonwealth Election Observer mission said.

The Observers said any election was a process and not an event. “Despite the several positive features of the process, we noted issues of concern with regard to the electoral environment and the pre-election period,” the Observers said.

We publish below the statement in full;

Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections 2013: Preliminary Findings

23 September 2013

Statement by: Commonwealth Observer Mission
Jaffna, Sri Lanka

The Commonwealth Observer Mission has been present in Sri Lanka since 14 September 2013. The mission’s mandate is to observe and consider all aspects of the electoral process and assess compliance with the standards for democratic elections to which Sri Lanka has committed itself. Where appropriate, the mission may also make recommendations for the future strengthening of the electoral framework.

Since our arrival, we have met with the Commissioner of Elections and senior officials of the Department of Elections; representatives of political parties, civil society, media, police and military, Commonwealth High Commissioners, representatives of the United Nations and domestic and international observers, both in Colombo and the Northern Province. We deployed to the five districts of the Northern Province, met with electoral and other officials at the District level and observed voting, counting and the results process.

These were landmark elections in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. They were the first Northern Provincial Council Elections held since the end of the civil conflict in May 2009, and since the Provincial Council system was established. We are conscious that the Northern Province is emerging from nearly three decades of civil conflict which claimed many thousands of lives and resulted in widespread damage to infrastructure, livelihoods and displacement of the population.

This Statement outlines our preliminary findings. A Final Report will be issued at a later stage, which will contain our detailed conclusions and recommendations.

Key Findings

Polling and Counting

  • The administrative arrangements for voting and counting in this election were impressive.
  • There was a large voter turn-out of 67.52% on polling day. We commend the voters for their commitment to the democratic process.
  • The Commissioner of Elections and his staff across the Northern Province approached their duties with diligence and dedication. In the polling stations visited, the polls opened on time, election materials were well in place and overall, the process was well administered, including the closing of the poll. Inside polling stations, voters appeared to be free to express their will and officials were largely transparent in their interactions with voters and observers. We did however note that the position of voting booths often compromised the secrecy of the ballot.
  • The number of women voters was high, as was the number of women polling officials. Arrangements to facilitate the voting of pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled were not uniformly applied.
  • The presence of political party and independent group agents at polling stations was uneven, including at the opening of the poll. Those who were present appeared to actively carry out their role.
  • There was adequate security, provided by the Police, at polling stations throughout the Province.
  • We commend the decision of the Commissioner of Elections, announced on the eve of polling day, to mix ballot boxes from different adminstrative divisions at the counting stage, to minimise the risk of tracing voting patterns at particular locations.
  • Counting Centres were centrally situated. Whilst appreciating the enormity of the task in each counting room, the counting and separating of ballot papers could in future be done in a more organised manner. The practice of sealing counting rooms, including windows, resulted in very unfavourable working conditions for all those present.
  • Domestic observers were not given access to the count, which is a key stage of the electoral process.
  • We noted with regret the high number of rejected ballots, at 7.5%, cast in these elections. More intense voter education, including using the media, will be required to ameliorate this phenomenon.
  • The voters’ register used was updated in 2012 and this marks an improvement from those used in previous elections. Notable efforts were made by civil society to facilitate voter registration.
  • Election Day itself was largely peaceful, with only isolated incidents reported.

Constitutional and Legal Framework

  • The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, enacted in 2010, undermined the constitutional and legal framework for a credible and competitive election. In particular, the provision for an independent Electoral Commission has been negated.
  • There was inadequate enforcement of existing laws that provide for a level playing field for all candidates, such as the use of state resources in electoral campaigns.

Electoral Environment

Any election is a process, not an event. Despite the several positive features of the process enumerated above, we noted issues of concern with regard to the electoral environment and the pre-election period. Key among these are:

  • The heavy presence and influence of the military, including persistent reports of overt military support for particular candidates, reported cases of the military actually campaigning for selected candidates, and military involvement in the intimidation of the electorate, party supporters and candidates. The role of the military in the electoral campaign was consistently described to the mission as a significant obstacle to a credible electoral process.
  • The fundamental freedoms of association and assembly were constrained in the pre-electoral period. We learned that opposition candidates and their supporters, as well as voters at large, faced instances of intimidation and harassment, and that the freedom to hold campaign meetings and openly interact with the electorate was restricted. We particularly noted the reports of attacks on one of the few female candidates in this campaign.
  • The media environment appeared constricted. It was reported to us that several media outlets were self-censoring when it came to in-depth or sensitive reporting on the elections. The mission noted that in the run up to the elections and on election day, important online and electronic media sources were inaccessible.
  • Numerous reports of misuse of public resources, corroborated by the Commissioner of Elections and independent domestic observers, including misuse of government personnel, vehicles and facilities for partisan political activity, are of concern. We were also made aware of inducements offered to public officials and voters, including conditional job offers, conditional higher salaries and the cancellation of loans.

Over the next four days, we will complete our Final Report and submit it to the Commonwealth Secretary-General. He will send it to the Government of Sri Lanka, the Office of the Commissioner of Elections, political parties and relevant stakeholders, and eventually to all Commonwealth governments. Our Final Report will, in due course, be made available to the public.

Overall we are impressed by the determination and resilience of voters to exercise their franchise in the context of a compromised electoral environment. It is our sincere hope that this election will mark a forward step in the post-conflict development of the Northern Province. We feel privileged to have been part of this historic election in Sri Lanka.

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    In any other commonwealth country,the army general in charge of the area would be compulsorily retired, for failure to prevent the reported army involvement,by neutral observers, in this election.

    But as is the “custom” in sri lanka,he will be given a commendation,an extra medal, and a promotion.

    The Rajapakse regime cannot afford to censure any army general, as it depends on the army – especially the intelligence corps – to survive.

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      The guy was only following orders of Raja Inc.

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        Military must stop LAND GRABBING.

        Military must return all the land grabbed from the people of north and east for GOta’s corrupt military businesses, which promote corruption and erode military discipline and professionalism..

        The horrific Paki military is Gota the goon’s model which is all about creating a military dictatorship with a facade of democracy.

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      The problem of the military and MILITARY BUSINESS is much larger than its role in the elections. The military must be DOWNSIZED AND RIGHT SIZED and military business sold off and privatized since it represents MISSION AND MANDATE CREEP that is bad for the Economy (state subsidized businesses) and military DISCIPLINE.
      The international role in militarizing Lanka and collaborating with Gota the goon’s security shows and DEEP STATE or state within a state also needs to be understood..
      International “aid”/loan donors have been actively supporting or remain silent about the post- war militarization of the country by Gota the war criminal. Indian and China are militarizing Lanka because of their own interests, while the US is selling arms to India to boost its economy and fight China in the Indian Ocean – but all this regional militarization is detrimental to Democracy Within Sri Lanka which is increasingly a MILITARY DICTATORSHIP with a DEEP STATE and facade of democracy.
      Sinhala Civil society should hence call for Lanka to be a “demilitarized zone of peace in the Indian Ocean”, now that the LTTE is gone. The World Bank and IMF that preaches “good governance” and “Do No Harm” (aid should not fuel conflict) in transitional contexts has been funding and subsidizing the expansion of the Ministry of Defense via the UDA. This MUST BE STOPPED and WB closed down! UN claims to be expert in DDR – Demobilizing and reintegrating militaries after conflict has been remarkably silent on the need to DOWNSIZE and right size the military of Sri Lanka, so civil society MUST speak in one voice on this matter and loud and clear – Sri Lanka needs a ROAD MAP FOR DEMILITARIZATION TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY and donors need to help civil society rather than funding that clown Vasu’s Ministry who hasn’t got a clue about social integration..
      2. Civil society must also formulate a clear EXIT STRATEGY and plan for PEACEFUL REGIME CHANGE for the CORRUPT and Criminal Rajapassa brothers, sons, extended family cronies who are looting Lanka and are following the Prabakaran model of dictatorship for life. For this, a critique of political culture of dictatorship within ALL POLITICAL PARTIES and the NGO sector needs to be developed and VOTER EDUCATION on need to clean up corrupt governance across the board is important. The culture of geriatrics holding onto positions of power – particularly in the leftist circles – viz . the dead leftists like Vasu and Ranil in the UNP as well as in the Colombo NGO sector needs to be challenged.. this rotten culture of never giving up power is pervasive in political culture – both govt and NGOs!

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      The Basil-Gota military business empire in the north must be SHUT DOWN and the military withdrawn, and D. Devananda the paramilitary chief beneficiary of the Gota-Basil military business complext sent to India for Trial.

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      [Edited out]

      We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    black chingala pariah hathurasinghe jusat piss off from jaffna. oi chandrasiri chingala black pariah you are not wanted in jaffna you too just piss off.

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      That comment from the arm chair in the west is very helpful to the people in Jaffna who face the brunt of it every day.

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        Mahen

        “That comment from the arm chair in the west is very helpful to the people in Jaffna who face the brunt of it every day.”

        Are you recommending Rama to increase his comments by many folds which might be very very very helpful to the people in Jaffna who face the brunt of it every day?

        Many readers in this forum do not give a damn about Rama or what he says nor what we type.

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        Exactly Mahen. Arm chair critiques like Rama were largely responsible for the curse Tamils have faced over the years and if these idiots continue to do so this curse will go on further. What reconcillation we can achieve with the peoples like Rama. They should be wiped off from the entire universe for sure if Tamils hope to gain any freedom.

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          oi oi mahesh stop there. it’s your chingala pariah lot who are responsible for the plight of tamil people today. people like me doesn’t come into the scene at all. reconciliation? what reconciliation. how come 65 years have passed without any reconciliation. if i beleve that reconciliation you are talking about is going to come, i am making a fool of myself. don’t give me this rubbish.

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            Oi Rama. We don’t care about para demallu who came from toiletnadu for the same purpose. You know why you people come to Aus by boat even with some Singhalese. This is just for dollars. Don’t talk about who are responsible for plight. You don’t want to put the fullstop for this struggle for the same reason. Selfish cowards. Think about your peoples future. 65 years without reconcilation? with whom? with bloody murderous blood thirsty para demala LTTE?

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              mahesh what kind of para chingala name that is. mahesh is the name of hindu deity shiva. why did you steal our name. you should keep your name original i e fernando as given by the portuguese to chingala slaves. british and irish gave english names to african slaves in america. on the other hand portuguese masters gave their names to chingala parish slaves. chingala black pariah you said tamils came to clean your toilets. what toilets , you jungle bunnies didn’t have toilets and your toilets were just bushes. in fact para chingala slaves were cleaning toilets and doing household chores for upper class tamils. for over 450 years para chingala race remained as slaves to white masters. first to the portuguese, then to the dutch and finally to the british.
              whites employed para chingala dogs as toilet cleaners, housemaids, gardeners, swiming pool cleaners ( swimming pools are out of bounds for para chingala slaves)etc. etc. para chingala dogs couldn’t eject the whites fronm shit lanka. portugeuse were defeated by the dutch, dutch were defeated by the britsh and eventually when india got independence british didn’t want to hang on to this shit hole so they departed. after being slaves for 450 years , the taste of slavery didn’t disappear from para chingala culture. para chingala lot have become slaves once again. this time in the middle east, italy, cyprus, australia, canada, usa, uk , south korea etc. i am not kidding i saw this fat black chingala woman sitting in a dubai toilet and speaking in a primitiver pariah dialect. these primitive chingala pariahs go on and on about water tanks and daghobas. who gioves a toss about these dilapidated viharis and disused water tanks. then pariahs go on about 2,500 year history. what did these pariahs achieve in the so called 2,500 years. absolutely nothing. they miust have been preoccupied with wan****g. now after 2,500 years of bogus history beggars are begging from red china. aren’t they ashamed of themselves. now coming back to the golden era in sri lankan history i e prabhaa’s rule. i think prabha was too soft. if were prabha i would have nuked shit lanka and wiped out the unwanted and undesireable pariah racefrom the face of the earth.. chingala liars are saying prabha killed babies. it doesn’t matter even if he killed them. they are brainless thickos anyway. finally this is is the reply to all para chingala dogs who tried to make stupid comments on my post.

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            He he good explantion Para Demala Ram. See you don’t have much work to apart from writing pages of comments. Thinking of your brainless comments, I regret why MARA couldn’t wiped out all Para Demallu from North and East without limiting to so called 70,000. For you information, 4 para demallu’s cleaning toilets in a sinhalese owned cleaning company here in Aus. They have come begging for jobs and he gave to help them and pay $18/hr. I can give you their names if you want…lol. These buggers are historically good in toilet cleaning. Earliar they charged just few bugs and a kasippu bottle.

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              correction “few bucka”

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              correction “few bucks”

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              para chingala black jungle bunny, what’s your problem. you went to australia in a banana boat as a kallathoni and now working on and off for you toilet cleaner uncle mr de silva. i don’t understand what you are talking about. para chingala toilet cleaners and tamil toilet cleaners are working together to survive. what’s the big deal. why do i want their names for. am i maintaining a register of global toilet cleaners. mind you white masters who ruled you for over 450 years made you to work in their toilets. you got a short memory ,haven’t you.if tamils are experienced toilet cleaners as you say ,you are not second to them. para chingala slaves were treated like dogs by white rulers.
              whites hated the para chingala black monkeys. para chingala black toilet cleaners have invaded dubai. some other para chingala toilet cleaners went to new zealand and in prison now for killing another toilet cleaner. para chingala race is an inferior race as they are not intelligent. they are as thick as two short planks.
              para chingala race is a waste of space.

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          Couple of para demallu are cleaning toilets in our area as well. One is Ramanadan. Is that you Rama? They like that job as they smelly shit.

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      It is dogs like this that makes the life of Tamils residing in Sri Lanka difficult. The dog that scrathed this message has already pissed off to a foreign domain, and now seems to be raising its legs there too. Let people in SLK live peacefully instead of following this pariah dog.

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        please don’t call me a pariah dog. for your easy reference i list below who the pariah dogs are.
        (1) chingala buddhist monks are pariah dogs
        (2) chingala prime ministers and presidents of the past and
        present are pariah dogs.
        (3) chingala army soldiers are pariah dogs.
        (4) chingala pariah dogs who killed innocent tamil people in
        various race riots are pariah dogs and
        (5) chingala race with an inferiority complex are all pariah dogs.

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          Rama

          Are you a racist?

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            Singalis Race began through Incest. Rama is right these para singalis imigrated from west bengal and showing colours now.

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              But, you know para Demallu came from Toiletnadu to clean the toilets pits of Singhalese people. They charged in early 1990s as I remember Rs. 50 + kasippu bottle.

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              Mahesh

              “They charged in early 1990s as I remember Rs. 50 + kasippu bottle.”

              They knew how to make money out stupid Sinhalese by selling tap water.

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          Rama

          Were you selling Kassippu to Mahesh in the 1990s charging Rs 50 for each bottle of Weliweriya water?

          You are disgusting.

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            Thats wrong Native Vedda. They are cleaning toilet pits for Rs. 50 and a kasippu bottle, not they are selling kasippu.

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              Mahesh

              “They are cleaning toilet pits for Rs. 50 and a kasippu bottle, not they are selling kasippu.”

              Had you written lucidly this confusion wouldn’t have risen.

              By the way whats wrong with cleaning toilets?

              Don’t you think its much much better than stealing from others particularly from the poor?

              Over millions of Sinhala/Buddhists are working in Middle East.

              Are they all professionals?

              Now tell me do you believe cleaning Arab toilets is better than Sinhala/Tamil toilets?

              Do you consider those Sinhala/Buddhists who clean Arab toilets are higher in the Sinhala/Buddhist caste hierarchy?

              First you better learn to respect working class people irrespective of what they do for living.

              You suppose those who clean toilets should give up their “honest days pay for a honest day job” and join you in your enterprise as fraudster, drug dealer, pimp, contract killer, politicians, hangers on………….

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      Please don’t make SL Tamils lives misserable while living a luxurious life abroad earning dollars. You want them to suffer more sothat your luxury life is ensured. You know if all problems of Tamils are resolved, you don’t get your current life. Their suffer means comfort for you people. Don’t be that jelous. Think of your own people. Otherwise, you dog piss off from the entire world for their betterment.

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    not many believed that the military was trying to influence the elections by intimidation, violence and interfering in the voting process. Hathurusingha and Chandrasiri are bare faced liers.

    Now the monitors have officially given their verdict the whole world knows the truth about the dirty deeds of the military. The Tamil civilians have no respect for the military and it is time they are forced to leave now they have elected their own council.

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    When ex-Army man Governor Chandrasiri and Major Hathurusinghe of 7/83
    Welikade fame – tell visiting journalists, when questioned why they openly identity themselves with and are seen in campaign meetings, “why not, we have political rights too” – what more can you expect. This is an indication the days of Officers and Gentlemen holding high positions in the Army is a thing of the past. The days of Muttucumaru, Heyn Dennis Silva and even Balagala are long gone. It is the semi-educated lot now like the former super-hero, who read one book while in remand, and said “now I am an educated man” There was the instance of a senior Major-General who had personally shattered the brains of a captive Tamil militant with something like an axe to impress his men what he will do to “the enemy” Naturally, the lower ranks enthusiastically followed the example.

    There is no reason to believe the full report of the Commonwealth Monitors will bring joy to the Rajapakses or the Army.

    Thamilthambi

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      What you say is true. But “shattered the brains of a captive Tamil militant” is acceptable comparing how they acted in the past like cutting milk feeding kids with knifes, axes and all.

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    The report clearly shows that the military interfered with the electoral campaigning and restricted voter-camapaigner contact and physical assault of opposition candidates and their suppoters. However, it fals to pinpoint the governor and Jaffna army commandr Hathurusinghe for their involement in favour of government party candidates.

    The extremists will jump to accuse the Commonwealth monitors of being in the LTTE pay role of LTTE or paid by the Diaspora instead of addressing the serious accusations against free and fair elections brought about by the “The heavy presence and influence of the military..”..

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    Rama- Are you really a Tamil? or a fake singhalese to create trouble.
    You words stink.

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      No, he should be a dollar/pound earner living in Aus, UK or Canada. Most of those doesn’t want to see a true peace. Their superior life is ensured only if the trouble continues.

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      hannah , first of all i must tell you i don’t like asian christians. for your question why sholdn’t i be. am i an exception to the general rule. do tamils love chingala pariahs.

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        Im a Catholic and I still dont hate you for hating Christians. Its true I lost so many of my relatives by these murderous SIngalis Army. My cousins brothers and sisters. You cant bring them back can you? Imost of the people who comment here wont understand the pain unless you all are put through the same situations. I know what the SL Army and the Sinhala government killed my people, destroyed our livelihoods. I will see Para Singalis as my enemies until I die.

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          If you people want this take it back. These comments are only for extremists like Rama and ParaS, not for others. We hated Para Demallu as you people cut our kids in to pieces on their beds. We never regret for mass murdering LLTE and their supporters. Though I don’t like I have to say for the people like you that you people were taken to SL to clean toilets of our people.

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    Hathurusigha has been a real Hathuraa not only of the Tamils but of the Sinhalayas as well.

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    It is unfortunate that the military which sacrificed so much to defeat the LTTE is earning a bad name due to actions of a few. Military should not involve in politics and civilian affairs, keep their distance and keep their respect. Unfortunately the Govt is misusing the forces for its own political ends.

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    Dear Mr Rama
    Your comments makes it obvious your racist hatred! It will not help in the self determination of Tamils. Extreme hate will only have retaliatory effects, if that is what you want!!
    Wait and see (if that is not already happening,) the hatred young white skins will have against the your black skin in your same words ‘black pariah’ , in the land you are occupying!!
    Pot calling the kettle black!
    By the way I am not a supporter of Hathurusinghe or Chandrasiri! Just want peace and justice!

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      gage, you don’t have to address me as mr rama. just rama is quite adequate. you must understand that racists are not born but they are made. in other words chingala pariah dogs actions and inactions made me into a racist. i admit i am a racist when it comes to chingala race and also towards belivers of alien faiths. please don’t try to scare me by talking about threats. we have gone through enough of these threats for the past 65 years. it’s nothing new.

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        “towards belivers of alien faiths” Yes, cat jumped out of the bag. I presummed you as from a some other race (you know who….)who is trying to create problems with we tamils and Singhalese. Please show off your real face coward.

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          muhundan , don’t behave like a para chingala thicko. what problems are you talking about. are you saying no problems exist between the races. i am not aggravating the problem at all. on the other hand i am expressing my opinion and it’s up to you whether to accept it or not. free press, freedom of expression , freedom to assemble, freedom of speech etc. are part and partial of democracy. i am a lover of democracy and a hater of communism and dictatorships.

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            [Edited out] What a democracy, moral value you talking about. Other Tamil commentors are talking reasonable and not para demala. But, you and some others like Singlishmug are real para demallu.

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              para chingala black kallathoni in australia, why don’t piss off to shit lanka. are you still sucking dry fish in australia.

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        You are not suited to be called as Mr. Better call you Paraya.

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    “Over the next four days, we will complete our Final Report and submit it to the Commonwealth Secretary-General. He will send it to the Government of Sri Lanka, the Office of the Commissioner of Elections, political parties and relevant stakeholders, and eventually to all Commonwealth governments.”

    Sending the report to K.Sharma , Oh no not again , this clown will manipulate its finding and will submit a favorable report to his pay masters. Dear CT editors please keep a close tab on this report as the same way you guys did for the CJ fiasco !

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    The role of the armed forces in polls related violence in the northern provincial elections was also expressed by the SAARC observers. They also expressed concerns about the attack on TNA candidate Ananthi Sasitharan’s home before the poll. They were dismayed at the role of the armed forces in that incident.

    The army maintained a heavy presence throughout the region. They were also involved in the election in many ways such as distributing handouts, intimidating and harassing the voters, blocking some TNA campaign meetings, etc.

    This is enough proof to expose the SL Army to the world, what the Sinhala Army is doing to the Tamils in Tamil areas. It is high time to send the Army back.

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    In similar fashion if such an environment with a level playing field is created for Elections in the South with International Involvement, there never will be Democracy in this Country, nor a Democratically Elected Govt. Therefore it is time the Genuine World Body involved itself to bring Peace to the whole country, other than those who are covertly helping Corrupt MR to perpetuate his rule.

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      The above should read, ‘In similar fashion if such an environment with a level playing field is not created’. The word ‘not’ is missing.

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    It is time for the military to go back to the barracks and sit and wait. There is no room for military in civilian activities. This is not China. Although Gotha is advised by the Chinese it is time he realizes that even people in the two southern provinces do not like what he is doing. This is clearly shown in the reduced seats in the Central Provincial Council. One may argue that North Western PC the ruling coalition got more seats, that is only because they stole a strong UNP monkey who jumped from one tree to another.

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    Maj general Haturusinghe is doing a genuine job in Jaffna for the people of jaffna. he is one of the Top educated high ranked top and Clean Army officer who can be trusted. well he has to take the order of his Boss, but overall he is a clean man doing a good Job.

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      Ferdi – The International Monitors and the Commonwealth team of Monitors in their interim Reports note the army’s role was intimidatory and was part of many illegal acts that undermined a fair poll. Both he and Governor Chandrasiri sabotaged transport from difficult interior areas so that voters, whom they believed to prefer TNA candidates, do not get a chance to freely exercise their democratic right. Is this the “genuine” officer you want us to believe.

      As to your description of the man being “top educated” did you listen to his last TV interview to the BBC. He was struggling to express himself intelligently. Perhaps he is far more expressive in Sinhala.

      Thamilthambi

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    Haturu- singhe, I think he is truly doing what his names says -Hatura to the whole nation by bringing the good name of Sri Lanka to the dogs.

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    Thamilthambi

    Internationally any think can talk, but the truth is that north is been well looked after by this gentlemen. if his forces are pro government the recent election results will be different.
    just you wont to blame some one don’t do it. also by seeing an interview in a TV channel don’t judge a person. he has two Masters Degree and he is the winner of Gusi Peace Prize for Human right awarded by The Gusi Peace Prize International is an Asian foremost peace prize giving body based in Manila, Philippines. The Gusi Peace Prize recognizes individuals worldwide who have exemplary contributions in the fields of Scientific Research & Discovery, Medicine & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Archeology, Architecture, Performing & Visual Arts, Economics, Legislation & Statesmanship, Literature, Academe, Humanitarianism & Philanthropy, Religion and Environment.

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    Dear Ferdi,

    I have personally nothing against your good friend – this Maj. Hathurusinghe except what we learn of his role in 7/83 at Welikade is chilling and appalling. But if as you say “he has looked after the North well” I am sure Justice Vigneswarean – the CM-designate will retain him with pleasure. Mr. Hathurusinghe has also said “the people of Jaffna love him” That is a nice thing to hear.

    Responding to your other comment, let me say the people of Jaffna – helped by the international monitors and an alert local and foreign Press – won despite Mr Hathurusinghe and his army and not because of him/the army.

    Let us wait and see.

    Thamilthambi

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