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article imageCanadian Tamils to elect national council representatives Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 20, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Tens of thousands of Canadian Tamils are taking part in June 20's National Council for Canadian Tamils (NCCT) nationwide election to elect national, provincial and regional representatives to speak for the Tamil community in Canada.
Digital Journal reported last week that Tamils in Canada are going to elect representatives for the National Council for Canadian Tamils at national, provincial and regional levels on June 20. Several Canadian Tamil organizations are assisting to create the NCCT.
About the National Coalition for Canadian Tamils and international elections
The NCCT consists of nine national levels executive directors, thirteen provincial directors and twenty-two regional directors in highly populated Tamil areas in Canada. Thousands are expected to take part in the Democratic process.
Polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located in various parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Montreal, Guelph, Cornwall and Edmonton.
“NCCT will be a grass-root national organization composed of democratically elected Canadian Tamils focused on strengthening the Tamil community within the Canadian multicultural mosaic to meet their desired aspirations in social, cultural, economic, political and other sectors,” said the Coalition for Tamil Elections Canada in a press release e-mailed to Digital Journal.
“To empower Canadian-Tamil voices, preserve the Tamil heritage, history and other integral aspects of the Tamil identity, the Council will take genuine steps to advent and realize such effective strength through community development initiatives.”
Similar elections have been held in Switzerland, Italy, Norway and France. More are expected to take place within the next three months in Great Britain, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
The candidates
There are 12 candidates for the national executive directors, 28 candidates for the provincial directors and 51 candidates for regional councillors.
There are a large number of young candidates, which one Toronto Tamil community organizer, Thiru Thiruchelvam, told Digital Journal is great because they will be the ones encouraging and educating other young Tamils in Canada to embrace their culture and learn about their history.
For example, Thiruchelvam explained that Krisna Saravanamuttu is a York University criminology student and student federation President. Saravanamuttu is running for national executive director. Arumaithurai, Aravinthan, another youth, is also running for national executive director.
Response
Thiruchelvam explained that the polling station in his area, Dundas Street East and Parliament Street, was quiet as of 2 p.m. but explained that it was still early and that it was Father’s Day. He also cited that the Dec. 19 national referendum was the same way, more people showed up as the day went on.
The Toronto Tamil community worker noted that the results should be posted shortly after the polls close.
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