செவ்வாய், 18 ஆகஸ்ட், 2015

TNA expected to secure 15 of 29 SL parliamentary seats in North-East

TNA expected to secure 15 of 29 SL parliamentary seats in North-East

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 05:50 GMT]
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has secured 5 seats in the Jaffna electorate, 4 seats in Vanni, 3 seats in Batticaloa, 1 in Trincomalee, 1 in Ampaa'rai and a seat for a nominated parliamentarian according to the latest figures. The results are yet to be finalized. In Jaffna, Suresh Premachandran, M.A. Sumanthiran and E. Saravanapavan, are competing for the last seat of the TNA and the counting of preferential votes is still going on. UNP, led by Ranil Wickramasinghe is predicted to form the SL government in the South, despite a tough race with Mahinda Rajapaksa's UPFA.

Despite the active engagement by the younger generation of the voters, the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) has only polled 15,022 votes, ranking behind the EPDP, UNP and the UPFA in the Jaffna electorate, where the lead candidate, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, was earlier expected to secure at least one seat.

However, Vice President and Senior leader of the ITAK, Professor S.K. Sitrampalam, who has been firm in opposing the policy deviations of the TNA hierarchy, has already been assured of the nominated seat, informed sources told TamilNet.

A re-counting is taking place in the Batticaloa electorate, as there were narrow margins between the UPFA and the UNP, which were competing for one seat. A preferential vote-oriented conflict was also ensuing within the UPFA, between the candidates Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) and MLAM Hizbullah, both of whom are now aligned with SL President Maithiripala Sirisena.

The parliament of genocidal Sri Lanka is 225-strong. The Eezham Tamils, whose homeland is nearly one-third of the island, have been put into the electoral game to find ‘political justice’ with around 15 seats. The outside ‘guarantors’ of the unitary State in the island have been playing this game with Eezham Tamils ever since universal enfranchisement was introduced to the island in 1931.

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