Jan 14, Colombo: A election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says candidates of several political parties contesting for the local government institutions in the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu are using separatist songs popularized by the LTTE terrorist group for election propaganda.
CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon, addressing a meeting of the candidates contesting the elections in the North on Saturday 913) in Jaffna said they have observed that some candidates are using LTTE songs in their election campaigns.
"We observed that several candidates for Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu local government institutions using not only separatist songs, but also the songs popularized by the LTTE for their election campaigns. The use of LTTE songs in election campaigns is not only a violation of Election Law. It is also a violation of the Law of the country," Tennakoon said.
"We kindly request all political party candidates and independent candidates here to respect the Election Laws and the Law of the country when engaging in election campaigns," the CaFFE Executive Director urged.
He pointed out that in some parts of the Northern Province, local government elections are being held after 67 years and stressed that obeying the Election laws as well the law of the country is the responsibility of the candidates not only in the Northern Province but also in the entire country.