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99.4 percent vote for Tamil Eelam in Australia

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:03 No Comment]

99.4 percent of those who cast votes in the Tamil referendum across Australia last weekend said “yes” to the formation of independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam in the contiguous north and east of the island of Sri Lanka. The results were announced Thursday at a press conference held at NSW State Parliament in front of state and national media. 8,272 out of the registered, numbering around 10,000, participated in the polls. The number of eligible Eezham Tamil voters in Australia is estimated to be around 15,000. The formation of Tamil Eelam was assented by 8,154. The negative votes were 51 and 67 were invalid.

CPI Strategic, an independent body engaged by event organisers to coordinate and process the ballot, announced the results.

The results of the referendum, the first in the eastern hemisphere, is being touted by Diaspora circles as evidence for the aspiration of Tamil Eelam in the diaspora across major parts of the world.

Members of the national press, along with ballot organisers Tamil Referendum Council of Australia (TRCA), members Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) and human rights activists were present as CPI Strategic spokesperson Steven Newnham announced the results at 2:00 p.m. AEST.

"These results show that the Australian Government failed in its responsibility to listen to its citizens by refusing to condemn its Sri Lankan counterparts, despite vociferous protests from Tamils across the country," said TRCA spokesperson Adrian Francis.

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