Opposition Parties Oppose EC’s Move
Several opposition political parties have objected to the Elections Commissioner’s proposal to reduce the number of parliamentary seats allocated to the Jaffna District.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has said the number of seats forJaffnawould be reduced from 10 to six due to the decline in the number of registered voters in the area.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has threatened legal action if the number seats were reduced.
TNA parliamentarian Selvam Adeikkalanadan has said that the party would have to institute legal action since a justifiable response could be expected through the discussion with the Commissioner of Election.
The United National Party (UNP) has also asked the Elections Commissioner not to reduce the parliamentary seats allocated to the Jaffna District.
The UNP states that issues faced by the people in the North should be solved by giving political solutions, and not administrative ones.
Meanwhile, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree has saidJaffna’s electoral seats should remain unchanged until civilian life in the area returned to normal.