Sampanthan raises alarm over polls

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa raising concerns over the elections in the eastern province on Saturday.

Sampanthan says there are concerns if the elections will be free and fair in light of alleged polls related violations being committed by government members in the area.

In his letter to the President the TNA leader had also mentioned some of the violations committed by the government in the east ahead of Saturday’s election.

He urged the President to take not of the incidents as the leader of the country and arrest the situation before the provincial council elections.

Among his concerns are reports of a ‘blue brigade’ operating in the east who have been warning the public of dire consequences if they do not vote for the government.

He also said that state property, including vehicles, are being extensive used for election campaigning, in violation of election laws.