July 05, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has assured that the elections to the Northern Provincial Council will be held before September 2013.
Addressing a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) media briefing today, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dulles Alahapperuma has said that the government without any hesitation will hold elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) within one year.
The Minister has said the government expects to create the background for the North to enter national politics by that time.
He has pointed out that not many political leaders have emerged in many areas in the North for the last two decades even for the rural or provincial level. He says the government expects the new political leaders who have given up the separatist agenda and love the country to arise from any political party by then.
Alahapperuma has said that the government expects to hold PC elections in the North when the country is celebrating the 25 years of provincial council system.
Following the end of the war in May 2009, general and Presidential elections as well as local government elections have been conducted in the North.
The international community considers NPC elections as an urgent step towards reconciliation with the Tamil minority and has urged the Sri Lankan government to hold the elections for the province to restore civil administration in the region.