Oslo, 07 July (Asiantribune.com): The house of a Norwegian journalist exposing the corruption of the LTTE leader, Yogaraja Balasingham, rigging the last Oslo municipal election was hit with bullets yesterday.Journalist Nina Johnsrud's house made headlines in Norwegian media. The news of the bullets from a small calibre gun shattering the windows and damaging the furniture of Ms. Nina Johnsrud's house made headlines in Norwegian media. Ms. Johnsrud works for the newspaper "Dagsavisen", a popular Norwegian newspaper.
Police are investigating as to who is behind this threat to Ms. Johnsrud. She is convinced the shooting is connected to her work as a journalist. Ms. Nina Johnsrud has previously been writing about Norwegian criminal gangs. She was one of the leading journalists who exposed Balasingham's rigging of the last municipality election. It is this rigging that resulted in Balasingham getting elected to the Oslo Municipality.
The Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) told the Asian Tribune that Ms. Johnsrud was highly unpopular with the LTTE after her exposure of Yogarajah Balasingham election fraud.
In a news story breastled 'Found pre-arranged voting ballots for the Labour Party candidate Balasingham Yogarajah', two journalists Karen R. Tjernshaugen and Nina Johnsrud, said that Yogarajah was placed as the Labour Party's 21st candidate on their list in Oslo, and won a seat in the city council having received several extra votes. With 2,470 personal votes he received the most preferential votes after two Labour Party stalwarts, Ellen Horn and Rune Gerhardsen.The image of the house of Nina Johnsrud's house showing the shattered windows and damaged the furniture due to gun shots. The election officials at Linderud Centre in Oslo were horrified when a voter, Ole Elvedal complained that there were several pre-arranged Labour Party-ballots with votes for Balasingham already marked at the booth. According to the election law it is permitted to deliver prearranged preferential ballots to voters on the street, but such ballot papers cannot be brought into the polling centres.
Speaking to the Dagsavisen, the voter said, "When I went into the voting cubicle and selected a Labour Party ballot paper to vote that party and its candidates, I discovered that candidate No. 21 was already marked with a cross. I went through the entire bunch of ballots, and found three ballots that were already marked and then I brought it to the notice of the officials".
The crosses were marked rather weakly with a ballpoint pen. Many voters would not have noticed them but the computer system, which counts preferential votes, would have easily recognized the cross as a vote for Balasingham. Furthermore the Dagsavisen reported that Tone Darling, information secretary in the Bjerke consbreastuency also confirmed that election officials on two occasions had found Labour Party-ballots in booths with a cross mark against Yogarajah's name. She felt that the prearranged ballots were placed in the booth just before the voter who complained had entered the booth. "We were aware that someone tried to place prearranged preferential ballots," Ms. Darling told the newspaper."Hence we checked the booths regularly to prevent such malpractices."Yogarajah Balasingham who has been accused of election fraud Balasingham, who is also known as Bhaskaran, strongly rejected that he in any way was involved in rigging. "I am not aware of this. Some of my enemies may have done this to hurt me," he said when questioned by the Dagsavisen. However, moderate Tamils in Norway who canvbutted for parties like the Socialist Left, said it was ridiculous to say enemies had rigged votes in favour of Balasingham. "The rigging by the LTTE has made the entire Tamil community lepers in the eyes of Norwegians," a leading Tamil professional in Oslo said. "This also proves once again that the LTTE has no respect whatsoever for democracy. In addition Balasingham was the only candidate who provided transport to the voters which is not a practice in Norway."
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An electoral analyst, Bjarte R┐rmark told the Dagsavisen that the ballot paper and voting supervision methods were not good enough. He added that there were instances of voters making minor mistakes. "But any attempts at marking votes for specific names on the ballots by somebody before a voter picks the ballot has never happened before," he lamented.
NAT also told the Asian Tribune that earlier this year Norwegian Tamils has been attacked with hand guns. NAT expects the Norwegian Police to investigate any links, if there are any, between the shooting of Ms. Johnsrud and the attack on Sivarajah Rajasingham, a Tamil resident who has been wait-listed by the LTTE hit squad in Norway. (See the Norwegian Ny Tid (New Times) report on Rajasingham published under the heading Trapped in the Claws of the Tigers in Norway "