Sample Muslim politician: Anver Ismail and Ataullah - Shame for SL Muslims
- Several major areas in the Eastern province affected by large scale
rigging at today's polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Muslim
dominated areas in the Eastern province were also affected with
election related intimidation. The country's main Muslim political
party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the United Peoples
Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which is led by President Chandrika
Kumaratunga were allegedly the two culprits who had made various
attempts to rig the polls in Pottuvil, Kalmunai, Sammanthurai,
Oluvil, Akkaraipattu, and several other areas in the Ampara district.
While the SLMC accused the UPFA of large scale rigging in forms of
ballot box stuffing, assault and harassing of voters, the UPFA in
turn also accused the SLMC of the same.
UPFA candidate A.L.M. Athaullah and his gang is alleged to have gone
to the Al-Hamra polling centre in Oluvil today afternoon and had
tried to stuff ballot boxes. However the officer in charge had
prevented this act. "Athaullah's gang had then attacked the polling
officer and had fled the scene," the SLMC election secretariat
However the UPFA accused SLMC supporters of hacking one of their
strong activists with an axe. The victim has sustained serious
injuries and has been admitted to the Ampara hospital. The incident
had taken place in Akkaraipattu. Another UPFA supporter was also
injured in the incident.
Meanwhile UPFA national list nominee Anver Ismail and his goons is
alleged to have attacked voters and tried to stuff ballot boxes in
Sammanthurai. The SLMC also claimed that the UPFA candidates Anver
Ismail and M. Hareez accompanied by large number of masked persons,
had entered polling boots, assaulted and intimidated the voters.
The SLMC also alleged that these UPFA mobs had carried firearms and
other offensive weapons to intimidation the voters and polling
officials. The UPFA sources in turn alleged that the SLMC had got
down 50 underworld members, to intimidate voters into casting their
ballot in favour of the SLMC, so that they will secure the Ampara
district. Some SLMC members had even gone to the extent of chasing
polling agents, the sources added.
Published: Fri Apr 2 13:01:21 EST 2004