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* Sri Lanka Marxist party says ruling party thugs terrorizing Uva Province
Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 12:05 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna during a discussion with the Commissioner of Elections on Friday (29th) has told him that gangs of thugs and underworld figures have been brought down to Uva by the ruling party to terrorize the villagers.

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, the General Secretary CTilvin Silva, Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi, Western PC Councilor Lakshman Nipunarachchi and Attorney at Law Sunil Watagala held discussions with the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday.

The party representatives pointed out to the commissioner that people's genuine viewpoint will not be allowed to represent if violence unleashed in Uva is allowed to continue.

Speaking to the media Dissanayaka said that they made the Commissioner of Elections aware regarding the escalating election violence in relation to the Uva PC election.

"Also we showed with examples the use of state employees and resources in the campaign of the ruling party. There are only 20 more days for the election. There is no decrease in election related violence or violations. The ruling party has got down gangs of thugs and underworld figures to terrorize villagers in the area. We have discussed this at length and with examples and incidents with the Commissioner of Elections," he said.

The Commissioner has promised to take measures to hold a free and fair election according to powers he has been entrusted with.

The JVP emphasized that election violence should be stopped somehow. Otherwise the viewpoint of the people in the Uva would not be correctly reflected at the election if violence is allowed to go on unchecked.

The Commissioner has said that he would take stern action regarding the matter.

The JVP also proposed that expatriate Sri Lankans should be given an opportunity to vote in elections in the country.

"We also showed that a large number of people live abroad but they, despite being very keen regarding elections in this country, have not got an opportunity to vote. We proposed that expatriate Sri Lankans should be given the opportunity to vote at our elections," Dissanayake said.

The Commissioner has accepted the proposal as a policy and it was decided to take measures to protect the expatriate Sri Lankans' right to vote.

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