Sri Lanka puts off vote in troubled regions

Mar 20 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s elections department Monday put off for six months scheduled local government polls in the island’s embattled northern and eastern regions, large areas of which are under the control of Tamil Tiger guerrillas. The vote due on March 30 was postponed till September 30, officials said.

They said the decision followed reports from local administrators who complained of practical difficulties in staging the poll in areas where the rebels held sway.

The election is for municipal and urban councils as well as village councils responsible for the maintenance of utilities.