TPA recognised as political party by EC
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), led by MP Mano Ganesan, was registered as a political party by the Election Commission yesterday (1), and ‘Torch’ was designated as the Alliance's official symbol.
Election Commission Chairman Nimal Punchihewa has confirmed this in a letter to the TPA Secretary, according to MP Ganesan.
He said the TPA, formed at an event held in Colombo on 3 June 2015, and launched by a memorandum of understanding signed by three party leaders, namely the Democratic People's Front, the Workers National Front, and the Up-Country People's Front, and marking the six-year journey facing two parliamentary elections, one presidential election, and one local council election, had progressed as planned.
"Having successfully faced the election and grown into an unavoidable political movement in this country's national arena," the MP said, "we are today officially recognised by the National Election Commission."
"I know that the desire of the political parties representing the Tamil people, the parties representing the Tamil-speaking people, to unite in the national arena is deeply rooted in the minds of today's Tamil, Muslim people," he added. He said they are now role models for the entire country.
Many expected the alliance to break up after the election, and some waited to see it happen, but we have proven to those odd ones that unity has triumphed, he added.
Therefore, the parties will be urged to unite as we have in the last six years in the face of challenges, bidding farewell to those who have left us, and embracing new parties, but the TPA has gained recognition as a recognised political party in Sri Lanka.