13th September 2013: The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) officially commenced the deployment of field monitors in the five districts of the Northern Province on 1st September 2013. Prior to this, the CMEV secretariat in Colombo monitored incidents of election violence through media reports and volunteers on the ground and from 2nd to 4th September 2013, CMEV conducted a field visit to the districts of Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna. The field visit focused on the people’s attitudes towards elections in general and the obstacles, if any, to ensuring a free and fair election in the unique socio-political circumstances prevalent in these districts.
This report is based on interviews conducted with Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), Social Workers, Youth Groups and religious leaders during the course of the field visit and is supported by desk research. In order to ensure their safety, the names of those who were interviewed have been withheld. The Report also includes incidents reported by CMEV field monitors and complaints made directly to the CMEV secretariat in Colombo.