Jaffna LG polls will restore democracy - Devananda

The Government is planning to hold local government elections in the Jaffna District , Chairman of the Northern Special Task Force Minister Douglas Devananda told The Island yesterday.

He said polls to the Jaffna local bodies, which had not been held for the past two decades, will take place before elections to the Northern Provincial Council.

Developing the Jaffna district would be more meaningful if the people, who had been deprived of their franchise, were allowed to elect their own representatives making development work more meaningful, Devananda said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in answer to a question posed by a journalist, at an interview conducted from Temple Trees on Tuesday night, as to whether the PC elections would be held in the North, said that he had called for a situation report from the Security Forces to conduct Local polls initially in the Jaffna district until such time the Northern Province was liberated in full.

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