|Talks on registering displaced
|By S. Selvakumar
At a meeting with political party representatives,
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya posed the
question as to how his department could register
displaced voters in the North and East now residing
at their original homes but at inaccessible places.
He also said that some places in the former war-torn
areas have been debarred from entry and notices have
been put up to that effect.
The meeting was convened to find ways and means to
register displaced people who had gone into
occupation of their places of origin.
Tamil National Alliance Secretary and Jaffna
District MP Mavai Senathirajah, PLOTE leader D.
Siddharthan Secretary of the Citizens Front and
Nuwara Eliya District MP Jeya Sri Renga and JVP
Propaganda Secretary and MP Vijitha Herath met the
Commissioner of Elections on Wednesday. The meeting
was aimed at registering displaced people of the
North who had gone back to live in their original
Citing an example Mr. Deshapriya said that the names
of those voters displaced from Valigamam West have
not been deleted from the voters register. However,
their names could not be included in the voters
registers if they do not have a residential address,
the Commissioner pointed out.
Citing Sampur he said notices have been displayed
indicating “No Entry” and under such circumstances
how could enumerators visit residences to register
the voters, Deshapriya asked. JVP MP Vijitha Herath
blamed the government for not taking appropriate
action to make arrangements to register the
displaced people when they went back to their
original residences. He also said that people of all
communities have been affected without being
registered due to the fault of state officials.