Transnational Constituent Assembly of Tamil Eelam election 2010

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In 2010 elections were held in Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora communities to elect members to the first Transnational Constituent Assembly of Tamil Eelam.

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Background[edit]

One of the main recommendations of the Advisory Committee on the Formation of a Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam was that a Transnational Constituent Assembly be formed consisting of 135 members.[1] Of these, 115 would be elected and the remaining 20 shall consist of delegates selected by the elected assembly to represent regions where elections aren't feasible.

The distribution of the 115 elected representatives is: Australia 10; Benelux 3; Canada 25; Denmark 3; Finland 1; France 10; Germany 10; Ireland 1; Italy 3; New Zealand 2; Norway 3; South Africa 3; Sweden 1; Switzerland 10; UK 20; and USA 10.

The distribution of the 20 appointed delegates is: Caribbean & South America 1; India 5; Malaysia 3; Mauritius 1; Middle East 2; Oceania 1; Rest of Africa 1; Rest of Asia 1; Rest of Europe 1; Singapore 2; and South Africa 2.

Working groups were established in countries with significant diaspora communities to organise elections.

Results[edit]

Australia[edit]

Election is due to held on 22 May 2010 to elect four members in one constituency (NSW). Five members from three constituencies have already been elected unopposed:[2]

Constituency 1 (New South Wales)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Sivasambu Brabaakaran
Aruchunan Gnanendran
Dharshan Gunasingam
Ramalingam Karunanithy
Balasingham Prabhakaran
Sinnapu Victor Rajakulendran
Kulasegaram Sanchayan
Seran Sribalan
Total

Constituency 2 (Victoria)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Janani Balachandran U/C* Elected
Dominic Savio Santhiapillai U/C* Elected
Thuraisingam Shanmugananthakumar U/C* Elected

Constituency 4 (Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Apiramy Visuvanathan U/C* Elected

Constituency 5 (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)[edit]

Canada[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in Canada to elect 25 members across five districts:[3][4][5]

District 1 (Toronto GTA & Vicinities)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Tharani Prapaharan 4,967 15.50% Elected
Thiru S. Thiruchelvam 4,936 15.40% Elected
M. K. Eelaventhan 4,161 12.98% Elected
Pon Balarajan 3,777 11.79% Elected
Joe Antony 3,388 10.57% Elected
Piraba Nalliah 3,175 9.91%
Deva Sabapathy 2,754 8.59%
Sri Bavan Sri-Skanda-Rajah 2,691 8.40%
Nimal Vinayagamoorthy 2,197 6.86%
Total 32,046 100.00%
Valid Votes 7,004
Rejected Votes 2
Total Polled 7,006

District 2 (Eastern Ontario)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Vanitha Rajendram 8,451 15.07% Elected
Esan Kulasekaram 7,810 13.92% Elected
Waran Vaithilingam 6,523 11.63% Elected
Mariampillai Anjalo Yogendran 6,478 11.55% Elected
Suresh Ratnabalan 6,109 10.89% Elected
Selvanayaki Sridas 4,632 8.26%
Vin Mahalingam 3,845 6.85%
R. Rajkumar Nada 3,692 6.58%
Jeyabalan Alagaratnam 3,594 6.41%
Srisangar (Shean) Sinnarajah 2,541 4.53%
Henry Kirupairajah 2,420 4.31%
Total 56,095 100.00%
Valid Votes 12,021
Rejected Votes 5
Total Polled 12,026

District 3 (Western Ontario)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Iyampillai (Shan) Shanmuganathan 5,049 16.96% Elected
Suren Mahendran 5,002 16.80% Elected
Sam Sangarasivam 4,997 16.79% Elected
Ram Sivalingam 4,993 16.77% Elected
Balan Ratnarajah 4,844 16.27% Elected
S. M. Thanapalan Marakandu 2,501 8.40%
Charles Devasagayam 2,382 8.00%
Total 29,768 100.00%
Valid Votes 6,617
Rejected Votes 4
Total Polled 6,621

District 4 (Quebec & Eastern Canada)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Luxan Sivapragasapillai 3,221 14.14% Elected
Maharajah (Nanthan) Nanthakumar 2,818 12.37% Elected
Niruthan Nagalingam 2,794 12.27% Elected
Kanthiah Theiventhiran 2,690 11.81% Elected
Majendran (Indran) Raveendran 2,586 11.35%
Bhuvan-Endra Nadarajah 2,557 11.22% Elected
Manoharan Majooran 2,435 10.69%
Muthuckumaru Sivananthan 1,886 8.28%
Roy Yarl Vaanan Wignarajah 1,793 7.87%
Total 22,780 100.00%
Valid Votes
Rejected Votes
Total Polled 5,491

District 5 (Western Canada)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Sivasothy Jeyamathy U/C* Elected
Nagendra Katpana U/C* Elected
Mokanasingham Markandu U/C* Elected
Muthukumarasamy Ratna U/C* Elected
Sothinathan Sumughan U/C* Elected

Denmark[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in Denmark to elect three members:[6][7]

Candidate 1Sjæl
land
2 Syddan
mark
3 Midt
& Nord
Jylland
Total
Votes
%
Remmon Washington 375 963 1,400 2,738 32.63% Elected
Sukenthini Nimalanathan 370 943 1,313 2,626 31.30% Elected
Maheswaran Ponnampalam 338 916 1,296 2,550 30.39% Elected
Elayaraj Kannan Sithamparanathan 43 122 311 476 5.67%
Total 1,126 2,944 4,320 8,390 100.00%
Valid Votes 385 1,054 1,605 3,044
Rejected Votes 8 25 25 58
Total Polled 393 1,079 1,630 3,102
Eligibile Voters c6,500
Turnout c48%

France[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in France to elect 10 members across eight constituencies:[8]

Constituency 1 (Electoral District 75)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Christian Gregory
Rajamalar Gunsegaralingam
Balachandran Sivaguuru
Mahintan Sivasubramaniam

Constituency 2 (Electoral District 93)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Rayappu Arulanantham
Collins Mickeal Elected
Ramesh Pathmanathan
Kirushanthi Sakthithasan Elected

Constituency 3 (Electoral Districts 78 & 95)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ariyaratnam Kanagasabai
Balasundaram Paramanathan
Sutharsan Sivagurunathan

Constituency 4 (Electoral District 94)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Balachandran Nagalingam U/C* Elected

Constituency 5 (Electoral District 92)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Thiruchchoti Thirukulasingam Elected
Balakanesan Thamotharampillay

Constituency 6 (Electoral Districts 77 & 91)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Subashini Kuruparanathan U/C* Elected

Constituency 7 (Northern France)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Sasikumar Saravanamuththu U/C* Elected

Constituency 8 (Southern France)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Krishanth Tharmendran U/C* Elected

Germany[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in Germany to elect one member in one constituency:[9][10] Election is due to held on 16 May 2010 to elect seven members in two constituencies.

Constituency 1 (Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, Thüringen)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Vithiya Jeyasangar 441 70.11% Elected
Vazuki Thangarajah 188 29.89%
Valid Votes 629 100.00%
Rejected Votes 1
Total Polled 630

Constituency 2 (Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Rajaratnam Jeyachandran U/C* Elected
Renuga Logeswaran U/C* Elected

Constituency 3 (Nordrhein-Westfalen)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Gratian James Alston|
Mughunthan Indralingam
Subramaniam Paramananthan
Thaniga Subramaniam
Rasiah Thanabalasundaram
Nadarajah Thiruchelvam
Valid Votes
Rejected Votes
Total Polled

Constituency 4 (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Paramu Ananthasingam
Rajivan Arunasalam
Ananther Boopathy–Balavadivetkaran
Piriyatharsieni Manoharan
Nadarajah Rajendra
Selvaratnam Ratnaroopan
Valid Votes
Rejected Votes
Total Polled

New Zealand[edit]

Two members across two electorates were elected unopposed:[11]

Electorate 1 (Northern - Auckland)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Theva Rajan U/C* Elected

Electorate 2 (Southern - Wellington)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
K. S. Naguleswaran U/C* Elected

Norway[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 across 17 centres in Norway to elect three members on a nationwide constituency:[12]

Candidate Votes %
Sivakanesan Thillaiampalam 2,449 Elected
Jeyasri Balasubramaniam 2,342 Elected
Murali Sivanandan 2,321 Elected
Others
Total
Voters 3,511
Eligibile Voters c6,500
Turnout c54%

Switzerland[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in Switzerland to elect 10 members across seven constituencies:[13][14]

Constituency 1 (Bern, Solothurn)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Suganya Puthirasigamani 1,880 30.99% Elected
Suntharalingam Virakathi 1,846 30.43% Elected
Thileepan Krishnasamy 1,367 22.54%
Suresh Selvaratnam 973 16.04%
Total 6,066 100.00%

Constituency 2 (Zurich, Schaffhausen, Thurgau)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Jeyam Selvarajah 1,058 29.36% Elected
Thayananth Alvaipillai 854 23.70% Elected
Sreetharan Ramanathan 645 17.90%
Ilango Visvalingam 530 14.71%
Devarajah Markandu 517 14.35%
Total 3,604 100.00%

Constituency 3 (Basel, Aargau, Jura)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Baskaralingam Mahalingam U/C* Elected

Constituency 4 (Luzern, Zug, Nidwalden, Uri, Obwalden, Schwyz)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Balan Sivapatham 515 44.90% Elected
Kanapathipillai Uruthiran 412 35.92%
Balachandran Amuthaharan 220 19.18%
Total 1,147 100.00%

Constituency 5 (Vaud, Valais, Genève, Fribourg, Neuchâtel)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Sukinthan Murugaiah U/C* Elected
Rajinithevi Sinnathamby U/C* Elected

Constituency 6 (Graubünden, Glarus, St. Gallen)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Srisajeetha Sivarajah 1,002 85.79% Elected
Sountharajah Muthukumar 166 14.21%
Total 1,168 100.00%

Constituency 7 (Tessin, Ticino)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Mahenthirampillai Sellathurai 111 50.92% Elected
Deivendran Arulanandam 107 49.08%
Total 218 100.00%

United Kingdom[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in the United Kingdom to elect 20 members across five constituencies:[15][16][17]

Constituency 1 (North East London)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Arththy Arumugam 4,154 16.81% Elected
Sasithar Maheswaran 3,796 15.37% Elected
Shanmuganathan Kaviraj 3,758 15.21% Elected
Selvarajah Sellathurai 2,796 11.32% Elected
Karan Murugavel 2,641 10.69% Elected
Manivannan Pathmanabhan 2,608 10.56%
Vasuki Muruhathas 2,006 8.12%
Arumugam Kandiah Manoharan 1,956 7.92%
Senthinathan Suntherampillai 990 4.01%
Total 24,705 100.00%

Constituency 2 (South East London)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Nicholas Manoranjan U/C* Elected
Janarthanan Pulenthiran U/C* Elected

Constituency 3 (South West London)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
David Joseph
Paramasivan Karthikesan
Jeyashanker Murugiah
Namasivayam Sathiyamoorthy
Ruthirapathy Sekar
Vasuky Somaskanda
Vadivelu Surendran
Thanikasalam Thayaparan
Appathurai Vairavamoorthy

Constituency 4 (North West London)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Senathirajah Jeyanandamoorthy 8,357 16.58% Elected
Deluxon Morris 6,334 12.57% Elected
Balambigai Murugadas 5,879 11.67% Elected
Lalithasorubiny Pratheeparaj 5,521 10.96% Elected
Jeyavani Atchuthan 5,446 10.81% Elected
Sugirthakalas Gobiratnam 4,959 9.84%
Sugantha Mala Radhakrishnan 3,988 7.91%
Nimalan Seevaratnam 3,678 7.30%
Sockalingam Yogalingam 2,739 5.44%
Sivapoosam Sukumar 1,753 3.48%
Sivasambu Sivarajah 1,741 3.45%
Total 50,395 100.00%

Constituency 5 (Outside London)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Vanniyasingam Gunaseelan
Reginald Kingston
Navaratnam Paramakumaran
Logeswaran Sivasubramaiyam
Sinnathurai Sriranjan
Arumugam Vivekanandarajah

United States of America[edit]

Election was held on 2 May 2010 in the United States to elect 10 members across nine regions, though eight regions were uncontestesd:[18]

Region 1 (New England)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Suba Suntharalingam U/C* Elected

Region 2 (New York)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Jeyaprakash Jeyalingam Elected
Sellathurai K. Dhayaparan
Total

Region 3 (New Jersey)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Shan Sundaram U/C* Elected

Region 4 (Mid Atlantic)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Prabharan Ponnuthurai U/C* Elected

Region 5 (South)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ranjan Selva U/C* Elected

Region 6 (Mid West)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Thave Thavendrarajah U/C* Elected

Region 7 (North West)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Siva Sangary U/C* Elected

Region 8 (South West)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Alex Doss U/C* Elected

Region 9 (National)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Gerard Francis U/C* Elected
Visvanathan Rudrakumaran U/C* Elected

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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