Intra-party violence due to PR system - Angajan

Jaffna District SLFP organizer and candidate at the forthcoming election Angajan Ramanathan said that all would know the truth after the court verdict on his father A. Ramanathan, who was remanded till September 12, over a shooting incident at Chavakachcheri on August 27.

He said that any party was free to carry out their campaign in the peninsula, but it was impossible to prevent intra–party conflict due to the preferential voting system.

Ramanathen said that since the victory of the UPFA was already visible they did not need to harass other parties or candidates.

Contacted for comment, Jaffna HQI Chief Inspector Saman Sigera denied allegations by the TNA candidates.

He said that the police had produced the person, alleged to have threatened a TNA candidate, before court.

"How can he say the police did not act on his complaint as we have already taken it to court," CI Cigera said.

He said that the police arrested the suspect in the Chavakachcheri shooting incident and produced him in court. He was the father of a UPFA candidate. "How can the TNA accuse the police of supporting the UPFA campaign," the CI asked.

The Jaffna police were continuously removing the illegal election propaganda material of all parties, CI Cigera said.

Delft OIC Inspector D. M. Ekanayake said that the election campaigning was going on in the island peacefully.

"We have not had any election related violence reported from the island so far," IP Ekanayake said adding neither had they refused to accept any complaint.

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