Sri Lanka election monitors keep watch on northern poll

15:37, July 15, 2011      

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A Sri Lankan leading election watch group said Friday that it will send a special team of observers to north part of the country for next week's local elections.

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said it had received some 44 complaints of wrongdoing in the northern districts of Jaffna and Kilinochchi related to the elections.

Rohana Hettiarachchi, the PAFFREL chief, said in addition a team of Human Rights Commission also would be requested to send observers.

The PAFFREL move came as the main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance called for the placement of international observers to monitor the elections.

The main Tamil party alleged that conditions for a free and fair election does not exist in the areas as their candidates have come under harassment from the ruling party supporters.

JVP, another opposition party too have complained on the intimidation of their candidates in Jaffna. They have called for the attention of the elections commissioner on the pre-election violence.

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