Jaffna voter numbers drop in Lanka`s electoral register

Number of voters for 2010 in northern districts of Sri Lanka has dipped by over 40 per cent.

Colombo: The numbers of voters registered in
electoral register for 2010 in the former battle zones of
northern districts of Sri Lanka has dipped by over 40 per cent
as compared to 2009, an election monitoring group said on Wednesday.

People`s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL)
said the 2010 voter register now made public for Jaffna
electoral district, comprising Jaffna and Kilinochchi, shows
that 484,791 persons were registered as voters as against
816,005 in 2009.

The difference of 331,214 shows a steep decline of 41 per
cent in the number of voters.

The number of voters in Jaffna is 42,35,74 while
Kilinochchi, which served as the administrative capital of the
LTTE is 61,217.

During the decades old conflict, the voter registration
in Kilinochchi was minimal as the LTTE did not allow people to
vote freely in areas under their control.

"The names that ought to have been deleted from the voter
register have now been deleted. It reflects the actual number
of voters who are resident in the areas, people who have
migrated and gone to live elsewhere are all omitted having
adopted proper procedures in registering the voters," Rohana
Hettiarachchi, the executive director of PAFFREL said.

Hettiarachchi, however said the figure of 484,791 may go
up once the resettlement process of the displaced persons is
complete in the northern districts.

Election officials said after decades it was possible to
conduct a proper voter registration procedure.


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