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

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…

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EC visits Rupavahini: Compels correction of news item

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Vote early!

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…

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Letter To All Those Expatriates Who Support MAHINDA

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…

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Will Sri Lanka Elect the Devil It Knows?

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…

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Sri Lanka presidential election brings country to crossroads

(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…

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The Crossover DETAILS

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…

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

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…

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The Moment, Opportunity And The Possibility For Change

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.…

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