Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Councilor E. Thurairathnam, who represents Tamil National Alliance (TNA), says that ethnic Tamils have been disregarded when appointing the committee to demarcate the electorates for the local government councils in Trincomalee district.
He pointed out that four Sinhalese officials and two Muslim officials have been appointed to the committee ignoring Tamil representation.
The government has appointed 25 district committees to demarcate the borders of electoral areas of the local government councils of the districts.
The district committee is chaired by the District Secretary and comprises officials from Election Department, Surveyor Department, Department of Demography and Statistics and a public official appointed by the Minister of Local Government.
There was no mentioning regarding the ethnicity of the officials in the circulars pertaining to the appointment of the district committees.
The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils expects to complete the process of demarcating wards in all 335 Local Authorities by before May 2013.