A number of candidates contesting local councils in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, including a prominent Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) contestant, are using LTTE songs for electioneering, election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says.
CaFFE Executive Director, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon stated that a number of candidates, from different parties, were LTTE propaganda songs.
“We have travelled extensively in these three districts, during our initiatives to train candidates, especially female candidates, who are away from the urban centres. During our travels we noted that some candidates in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts are using LTTE songs.”
Tennakoon said that using those songs for an election campaign was against the law. A local government election was being held in some parts of the North after 67 years, he said adding that it was disheartening to see a number of political parties and independent groups using overtly racist songs in a bid to garner votes.
“All candidates must abide by the law. Therefore, we kindly urge political parties and independent groups not to stop using racist songs in their election campaigns.
CaFFE Executive Director added that nowhere else in the country had his outfit found such racist propaganda being used for electioneering purposes.