First-in-History Balloting to Select Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Set for May 2

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An electronic voting system will be used to elect members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam. (There will also be a few physical voting places in areas in the U.S. with high Tamil populations.) The voting system, which is not currently active, will be activated for the Sunday, May 2 election.

Tamils will elect members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam's constituent assembly on May 2.

"This is a historic opportunity to choose the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the TGTE," said a spokesman for Tamils for Obama." No Tamil with a heartbeat will want to miss it.

''In our view the recent parliamentary election in Sri Lanka clearly demonstrates that the Tamils in the island feel that they don't have the political space to fully articulate their political aspirations. The sixth amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, which outlaws peaceful advocacy for an independent state, thereby deprives the freedom of expression. It is a kind of racism which dooms the Tamils to a permanent political minority position. It also creates a climate of fear due to the pervasive and systematic human rights violations to which the Sri Lankan Tamils have been subjected. Coupled with the massive colonization of traditionally Tamil areas, like around Trincomalee, contribute to the denial of effective participation in the political process of the island.

'Thus the political space has to be created outside the island of Sri Lanka to fully articulate the Tamils' political aspirations. We think until the Tamils have a meaningful voice inside the country the diaspora, through the TGTE, must provide the Tamil voice.'"

The electronic voting system designed and built by engineers from Tamils for Obama, will be used to elect members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam. The voting system, which is not currently active, will be activated for the Sunday, May 2 election. Voting will be from 6 am (EST) to midnight (PST).

"To register to vote electronically, you send an email to the member of the Country Working Group (CWG) who handles your region," explained the spokesman. He provided a list of CWG members and their email addresses. A link to that list appears below. "In the email you should tell the member that you wish to register to vote in the TGTE election, and you must include your email address, state, and zip code. The member will then register you. Before May 2, you will get a link by email which you can use to connect to the electronic voting site."

The link for CWG members and their email addresses is: or contact

"There are also a few physical voting sites in areas where there is a heavy Tamil population. To vote there you just have to show up with identification," said the spokesman. To find physical polling places, he explained, go to: .

Tamils are an ethnic group living mainly in the northeast of Sri Lanka and southern India. During the final weeks of the recent civil war, the Sri Lankan government killed about 1,000 Tamil civilians per day, according to the United Nations, and about 30,000 in 2009. The Tamil are a population in Sri Lanka has borne the brunt of a civil war they regard as genocide. One-third of the Tamil population has fled the island and formed a substantial diaspora overseas. Tamils for Obama is comprised of Tamils who have settled in the U.S. or who were born in the U.S.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765- 4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.

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