16th August 2015

Outcome of tomorrow’s poll crucial for Lanka

16th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Both major alliances confident, but dramatic internal battle rages within UPFA Sirisena’s suspension of two party secretaries apparently linked to dispute over National List nominees International Crisis Group says resolution of ethnic issue depends on what happens at elections When a messenger from the Presidential Secretariat arrived at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s temporary residence in Mirihana on Thursday morning, he was away. So the messenger left a letter he brought with a staffer at Rajapaksa’s residence. Rajapaksa was in Kurunegala, from which district he is contesting for tomorrow’s parliamentary elections. When he learnt that a letter from President Maithripala Sirisena had come, he asked that it be opened and faxed to Basil Rajkapaksa. He was expected to read the contents and brief the former President […]

Suspension poses puzzle for UPFA

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Suspension poses puzzle for UPFA By Anthony David Polls chief assures Premajayantha’s list of agents valid for tomorrow’s poll; but questions over what’s next Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday told a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) delegation that tomorrow’s polls would not be affected by the suspension of the alliance’s Secretary General, Susil Premajayantha. The UPFA is the main contender with the ruling United National Party (UNP) and is contesting all the districts in the country. The Polls Chief’s assurance will mean lists submitted by Mr. Premajayantha naming agents for the polling booths and the counting centres will be valid. However, UPFA leaders are not clear whether such validity is restricted only for tomorrow’s poll and till the vote count is over. Other official sources […]

UNP will win more seats than the UPFA.

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Today in Sri Lanka: Sirisena, Rajapaksa, and the ‘unfinished business of January’ There is a fair possibility that the UNP and Wickremesinghe-led United National Front for Good Governance will win more seats than the UPFA. Eight months after Sri Lanka voted to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa as President, it must decide whether it wants him back as Prime Minister. And though Rajapaksa is from the same party as President Maithripala Sirisena, the President is hoping his party loses, and the opposition wins. In a sense, today’s election is an extension of the January presidential election between Sirisena and Rajapaksa, except that Sirisena is not a candidate this time. Both sides see the election, as P Saravanamuttu of the Centre for Policy Alternatives put it, as the “unfinished […]