The Center for Monitoring Election Violence(CMEV), in its final report on the recent Northern Provincial Council Elections, notes that monitors were once again not allowed into the count. CMEV says this is a major impediment to comprehensive civil society monitoring of the electoral process.
The CMEV says that there was a lower level of incidence of election related violence in the Northern Province as compared to the other two provinces in which elections were held on the 21st of September 2013. Given its potential for a full fledged return to civilian administration in the Northern Province and accordingly, its significant bearing on democracy, reconciliation and unity in post -war Sri Lanka four years after the military defeat of the LTTE, the election was welcomed nationally and internationally. CMEV says that militarization was and continues to be the major impediment to the enjoyment of civil, political and socio- economic rights in the province. The exercise of the franchise is no exception to this. CMEV as well as other monitors had recorded a number of complaints of threat and intimidation allegedly by members of the security forces including the Civil Defence Force.