The LTTE is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming local government elections as an independent group.
Highly placed sources in the Wanni yesterday said the Tigers were considering contesting the 53 local councils in the North and East as an independent group - a move which aims at giving the organization legitimacy to carry out political affairs.
The LTTE will field their respective `area political wing heads` as independent candidates for the forthcoming local elections planned for late March or April this year. The main intention behind the move is for the LTTE to earn legality in future political dealings.
This would also mean the LTTE would be able to utilize state funds for its activities in the North and East.
The Supreme Court last week ruled that fresh nominations can be called for local government elections in the North and East.
The Government is planning to conduct local government elections soon although civil society organizations including the Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) are vehemently opposed to the move in view of the unstable security situation in the country, particularly in the North and East.
Nominations from February 9
Nominations for elections to more than 300 local councils will be received between February 9 and 16, the Elections Department announced yesterday.
Elections will be held in all parts of the country including the North and East where local polls are to be held after eight years.
Elections will be held to 18 Municipal Councils, 42 Urban Councils and 270 Pradeshiya Sabhas.
Applications for postal votes will be received till February 6.