Elections for the Northern Provincial Council will be held in September 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
We want to hold elections in September 2013, President Rajapaksa told The Hindu. We are working towards the elections in a systematic manner.
In an interaction at Temples Trees the President said there were many issues to be resolved ahead of holding of elections. The primary one related to the electoral rolls. People who fled when the Tamil Tigers were in power and during the conflict were still coming in and staking claim to their land and property after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. These people too had to be accommodated in the rolls.
The last rolls were more than 30 years old and had no relation to the current eligible voters in the province.
The second issue was the completion of the rehabilitation and resettlement process. This was on with international support and was expected to be completed soon. Livelihood issues too were being addressed, President added.