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Talks on registering displaced voters
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 homes.
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.