8th January 2015

Why M.I.A. is angry about Sri Lanka’s election

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A few months ago, no one could imagine that a presidential election in Sri Lanka would be a real contest. The country’s sitting president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has consolidated his grip to such an extent in recent years that many observers see him as a de facto autocrat. In November, Rajapaksa decided to call early elections to extend his mandate beyond the decade he has already been in power. But the move backfired badly. Maithripala Sirisena, a former defense minister and health minister in Rajapaksa’s governments, defected along with other prominent Rajapaksa loyalists and has marshaled the country’s disorganized and splintered opposition. Now, Rajapaksa is by no means guaranteed victory when Sri Lanka votes on Thursday. And fears of violence have shrouded the run-up to the polls. Rajapaksa is a deeply controversial figure: he […]

EC visits Rupavahini: Compels correction of news item

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Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today warned the Sri Lanka (Government Run)  Rupavahini Corporation to immediately rectify a false news item broadcast this morning claiming that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had joined the government.     The Elections Department said Mr. Deshapriya had himself visited the Rupavahini Corporation and ordered them to rectify it. The Rupavahini Corporation had later read a statement sent by Mr. Premadasa on this matter at its 12.30 p.m. news broadcast. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/60697/ec-visits-rupavahini-compels-correction-of-news-item#sthash.ajVDrHCu.dpuf “Mudslinging campaign is underway against me”- says Sajith January 7, 2015  05:06 pm Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa said he received information that a mudslinging campaign was underway against him in a bid to spread false rumors saying he had quitted the […]

Grenade explosion in Jaffna – trying to STOP Tamils from voting Maithiri?

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A grenade explosion was reported some 800 meters away from a polling booth in Point Pedro this morning, the Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) reported. CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tenakoon said that the hand grenade attack had been reported at the Navaladi junction in Point Pedro. People who were going to vote had fled after the blast but the local election monitoring group said that voting is continuing at the polling booth in the area. The North has more Army on the road than any other part of Sri Lanka, hence a normal person cannot carry a grenade. Only Paramilitary can carry guns and Grenades other than the Army. The North of Sri Lanka are dominated by Tamils who support Maithiri and the […]

On Sri Lanka, ICP Asks UN of Violence After Opposition Supporter Killed

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Activists now get death threats By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, January 7 — Amid attacks on opponents of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka in the run-up to elections, now leading directly to at least one death, Inner City Press on January 7 asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric: Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you this about the elections in Sri Lanka because the Secretary-General had earlier made this call to G.L. Peiris.  Now, with the election right around the corner, one of the opposition supporters has now been killed.  And I wanted to know, is he satisfied since this call that this election will be free and fair? Spokesman Dujarric:  I think… it’s not a question of the Secretary-General […]

Vote early!

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Vote early! The Election Department has urged urged voters to exercise their franchise as early as possible today and avoid disappointment. Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday that the country’s seventh Presidential Election would be conducted from 7.00am to 4.00pm today countrywide. He said 15,044,490 people were eligible to vote at today’s election and nearly 300,000 government servants would be on election duty……………….  READ ALL Sri Lanka election chief probes army deployment claims Sri Lanka’s election commission said Wednesday it is investigating claims that troops are being deployed in the Tamil-dominated north before a closely-fought presidential vote that has already been marred by violence. Chief election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said there had been complaints that security forces were deploying in the northern Wanni region, in […]

Letter To All Those Expatriates Who Support MAHINDA

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By Percy Gajanayake – Dear friends (I have not called you Sri Lankans on purpose) I can understand why you are devout disciples of MR! The main reason being the routing of the LTTE! I applaud you on that, although I feel he was only a passive passenger in the process, that was animated by the poor low rung soldiers, middle rung, area commanders, commanders in chief of the forces especiallySarath Fonseka, and of course Gota who gave authority and probably was part of the strategy. (it was however not necessarily Gota’s War as interpreted by the stooge Chandraprema! Anyhow MR claims it was his war, how can Gota also claim so!!) It is really interesting to look at the other point of view of […]

Will Sri Lanka Elect the Devil It Knows?

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If a Presidential candidate refers to himself as a devil, chances are he’s in trouble. Last week, campaigning ahead of this Thursday’s election, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent Sri Lankan President, tried hard to endear himself to an audience in the northern city of Jaffna. The crowd consisted almost entirely of Tamils, the island’s largest minority, a community that regards him with suspicion and anger. “There is a saying that the devil you know is better than the unknown angel,” Rajapaksa said. “I am the known devil, so please vote for me.” These two sentences encapsulated the swift and intriguing fall of the once-mighty President. In January, 2010, when Rajapaksa last ran for reëlection, the circumstances were quite different. The previous year, his Army had ended […]

Sri Lanka presidential election brings country to crossroads

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(Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged voters to back “the devil they know,” and hand him a third term when they go to the polls on Thursday, rather than an “unknown angel” who promises to root out corruption and political decay. There have been no reliable opinion polls ahead of the vote, but many believe opposition candidate Mithripala Sirisena will quash Rajapaksa’s bid for re-election and change the country’s direction. Despite waning popularity, Rajapaksa called the election two years early, confident that the perennially fractured opposition would fail to come up with a credible challenger. But he did not anticipate the emergence of Sirisena, who quit as one of Rajapaksa’s ministers and crossed to the other side to become the opposition’s candidate […]

The Crossover DETAILS

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The general public has the supreme power to elect members to Parliament where rules and regulations are made to administer the country. While sending their representatives to the Parliament, the people also exercise their choice on political parties or organizations.  However, it has become a practice of politicians to cross over to another party after being elected.  So far, this presidential election has paved the way for 30 politicians to change their colors.  The Nation contacted them to know why they crossed over. Here, they have given their own reasons which their original party was never ready to accept. The voters might have their own take on these ‘reasons’. It’s your call. All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) Ameer Ali Rishad Bathiudeen Expressed that the environment […]

Lasantha Was Murdered On The 8th Of January; Let Us Pray For Our Nation

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By Lal Wickrematunge – Each year since 2009 friends, colleagues and family gather at Lasantha‘s grave site to pay homage to a fallen hero. It is human nature to revere a person after his death. This is more so in Sri Lanka. Whilst alive practicing his profession Lasantha was vilified, assaulted tied up in a myriad of litigation and finally assaulted. He died defending his right to express an opinion as is enshrined in our Constitution and to lay forth information before a public who paid to buy the Sunday Leader. As Lasantha’s grieving daughter Ahimsa wroterecently it is ironical that President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to seek an unprecedented third term on the 8th of January 2015. This third term is the stepping stone to […]

The Moment, Opportunity And The Possibility For Change

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By Siri Gamage – The moment and opportunity have arrived! Sri Lankans are going to the polling booths across the country on this 8th day of January 2015 to elect their next President for a six-year term. The opportunity for voting arrived quite unexpectedly toward the end of last year with much speculation about the possibility of a snap election following UVA Provincial Council elections. No one, I repeat, no one except a few leaders in the opposition coalition would have anticipated what was to come on the political stage. Invitations to various sections of the society and the state sector employees by the President to visit Temple Trees in their thousands were an early indicator of a forthcoming national election as were the plethora […]