The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him to ensure the provincial council elections in the North are conducted democratically.
TNA leader R. Sampanthan, in the letter, also calls on the President to confine the army to their barracks ahead of the elections.
He said that at a time when the army has been accused of being involved in civil administration they are now seen as being involved in election work in support of government candidates.
The TNA leader said that there are also fears that some candidates contesting the polls in the North on behalf of the government have been handpicked by the army.
He said that in order to ensure the people are able to cast their votes freely and without intimidations, the army should be confined to their barracks at least till the end of the polls. (Colombo Gazette)