Tamil candidate flees mob ahead of landmark Sri Lanka poll
JAFFNA (AFP) - A Tamil candidate for landmark polls in Sri Lanka's former warzone fled a mob attack on Friday as the man tipped to become the region's chief minister accused the army of intimidating voters.
Many Tamils complain they are treated as second-class citizens and face discrimination, and Saturday's vote is seen as crucial in reducing ethnic tensions.
Ms Anandi Saseedaran, 42, told how dozens of armed men surrounded her house on the eve of the Jaffna region's first ballot for a semi-autonomous council, forcing her to flee with the help of supporters.
One of the leaders of her party, retired Supreme Court judge K. Wigneswaran who is expected to be elected the region's chief minister, said security forces were trying to scare voters away from the ballot box.