The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), in a letter to the Minister sent today has called for the creation of an environment conducive for political parties to be registered in the area ahead of the election.
The letter states that due to the postponement of the Local Government elections in Muhudubadapaththu and Pudukuduirippu in the Mullaitivu District, even though it is nearing seven years since the war ended, a Local Government by people’s representatives has not been established.
Since the end of the war, these two pradeshiya sabha jurisdictions remain the only ones where the Local Government has not been put in place.
“It is in no way a democratic practice to hold a Local Government election based on nomination lists accepted over five years back. On the other hand, it is a well known fact that the related court proceedings were a tactic by a pradeshiya politician to prevent the Tamil National Alliance from gaining power owing to the political environment prevalent at the time. Elections can be held under new nominations in the aforementioned Local Government authorities through an Act of Parliament. Even though various parties on many occasions have highlighted the need for a draft of a bill with regards to this, nothing has taken place yet in this regard,” CaFFE said.
CaFFE also noted that due to various elections being held at various times, as of present for over 10 years now, no new political parties being registered has taken place and this has resulted in the creation of a wholly unhealthy environment for multi-party politics.
“This situation has curtailed the ability for many groups who conduct themselves with a genuine political identity to act as a political party. The responsibility of the formulation of the laws necessary to solve both these issues fall on the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government. The said Ministry led by the Minister has to take the responsibility for not only holding the elections on time but also providing the facilities required to hold the elections,” CaFFE added.
CaFFE has requested that the drafts of bills essential for the holding of the Local Government elections in Muhudubadapaththu and Pudukuduirippu be presented to the Parliament without any further delay and that steps be taken to present to the Parliament the suitable legal amendments which would allow for new political parties to be registered. (Colombo Gazette)