Sri Lanka election: Polls open amid intimidation claims
21 September 2013 Last updated at 04:02 BST
Voting has begun in Sri Lanka's Northern Province for its first ever semi-autonomous council.
The poll takes place four years after the army defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and decades after the the area was first promised such a body.
But the run-up to the vote has seen allegations of army intimidation - all denied by the authorities.
The BBC's Charles Haviland in Jaffna reports that a fake edition of a major newspaper has been printed, wrongly claiming a Tamil opposition candidate has defected to the government.