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R.R. Radhakrishnan, The Hindu / COLOMBO, August 6, 2011.
Jaffna will have lesser representation in Parliament from the next elections since the number of voters in the district has gone down significantly. The total number of MP slots allocated for the district had been reduced from nine to five based on the 2010 electoral register, according to officials.
Over two decades ago, there were over eight lakh voters in the Jaffna district. As per the 2010 electoral register, the number declined to about 4.8 lakh. Tamil politicians, who have registered a protest against the move, pointed out that in 1989 11 members were elected from Jaffna (before Kilinochchi was made a separate district). In 2000, the number was reduced to 10. This was further reduced to nine in 2004.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which has repeatedly proved it represents the largest chunk of Tamils in the North, has said the decision was totally unacceptable. It reasoned that in some parts of Jaffna people were yet to be resettled and hence the Election Commission should not take a hasty decision.
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