The UNP yesterday while agreeing with the decision to postpone elections in the North and East because of security concerns warned there were more serious security concerns in the south.
Deputy UNP Leader Karu Jayasuriya said they had no quarrel with the Elections Commissioner`s decision but warned that election related violence was on the rise in the south with the police most of whom were politically influenced being unable to act independently.
?If the decision has been taken on grounds of security, we cannot say anything. But, the situation is even more dangerous in the south?, Mr.Jayasuriya said.
The JHU hailed the Elections Commissioner`s decision stating that elections should not be held in those areas until democracy was reestablished.
JHU parliamentary group leader Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera said they hailed the decision because of the inability of other political groups to contest the elections in the North-East.
?The elections should be held after establishing democracy, so that other political parties like the EPDP can do politics?, he said. The EPDP which is under LTTE threat opposed the decision saying it was a blow to the democratic rights of the Tamil people.
Party Leader Douglas Devananda said the LTTE also contested the election in 2004 even using fraudulent means and cited that as a positive a development.
?In 1994, the LTTE opposed the elections. But, we contested and our members were killed by them. However, they contested the elections in 2004 along with us even fraudulently. This is a positive development. They are now contesting the local government polls too?, he said.
The TNA, a proxy of the LTTE urged the postponement of the polls. However, they declined to comment yesterday saying its stand would be notified today.