19 September, 2020

Blog

A Major Shift In Sri Lanka’s Politics

By Jayadeva Uyangoda

Prof. Jayadeve Uyangoda

The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election held on Wednesday show a seismic shift in the country’s electoral map as well as the balance of political power in the new legislature. 

The near two-thirds parliamentary majority, easily achieved by the Sri Lanka Pudujana Peramuna (SLPP – Sri Lanka People’s Front) by reducing all opposition parties into insignificance, has only one parallel from the past – the electoral victory with a 5/6th parliamentary majority in July 1977 scored by the United National Party (UNP), then led by J. R. Jayewardene. 

Key Trends

The SLPP has won 145 seats in the 225-member parliament while the United National Party (UNP), the former ruling party, has suffered the most humiliating of defeats, retaining just one parliamentary seat. Even that is from the National List. The UNP failed to secure even a single seat on the basis of district constituencies and vote count in many electorates recorded only a few hundreds. The Samagi Jana Balavegaya, (SJB –United People’s movement), a breakaway part from the UNP and formed only a few months ago, has fared quite creditably. It has come in second with 54 seats, thanks to the system of Proportional Representation. It is also the SJB that has prevented total annihilation of the parliamentary opposition in the face of an electoral avalanche.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has meanwhile allowed itself to be swallowed up by the SLPP. Its leader, former President Maithripala Sirisena and a several other SLFP stalwarts contested the election under the SLPP list and some have won seats. Ironically, the only MP elected on the SLFP’s venerable symbol of the Hand is a Tamil citizen from Jaffna, a scion of an elite Tamil political family.

The SLPP’s comfortable win was not unexpected. What has come to be seen as a ‘victory beyond all expectations’, as the SLPP’s spokesperson has quickly admitted, seems to have been also made possible by large scale absenteeism by the UNP voters at almost every electorate. Meanwhile, the overall electoral turn out of 71% is comparatively low in Sri Lanka’s rather high standards of voter participation at any election.

There are two other notable trends in the electoral outcome. The first is the decline of the ethnic minority representation as independent political entities. The Ilanka’s Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main and most vocal minority party in Sri Lanka’s parliament, has lost its electoral strength, coming down to 10 from the 16 seats in the previous parliament. Six seats from the Northern and Eastern provinces have been secured by smaller Tamil parties, two of which are aligned with the SLPP. 

The fragmentation of Tamil political representation is paralleled with the decline of the Muslim representation as well. Muslim parties have managed to retain just two seats for their community in the districts they contested alone. There can be a few more minority MPs affiliated to the SJB.  

The JVP’s failure to secure any improvement in its electoral strength is rather disappointing. There is slight rise in the votes its candidates have polled, but it is not strong enough to increase its seat count.  In many constituencies, the JVP finds itself in the third place, far behind the SJB. But there is a considerably long distance for the JVP to travel between being in the third place and becoming a Third Force in Sri Lanka’s electoral politics.

The second is the fact that the two big parties in the new parliament, the SLPP and SJB, are of very recent origin, and they have been formed by breakaway sections of the two main traditional parties. With their electoral assertion – in this regard, the SLPP is far ahead of the SJB –, the two new parties represent a new order within Sri Lanka’s political party system 

Key Reasons

Four factors seem to have made this dramatic shift in Sri Lanka’s political landscape, led by the SLPP, possible.

The first is the dismal failure of the previous coalition government, which came to power in January 2015 by defeating President Mahinda Rajapkasa.

The Yaha Paalanaya (‘Good Governance’) coalition, jointly led by Ranil Wckremasinghe and Maithripala Sirisena, achieved a surprising victory at the Presidential Pol in January 2015. Its promise of democratic revival, promoting peace and reconciliation, establishing corruption-free governance, and ending the habits of rule through excessive concentration of power had a sympathetic response from the electorate. However, in power, the Wickremasinghe-Sirisena regime’s record of governance has been one of utter passivity towards fully realizing those noble goals. 

The return to corruption in no time, disunity within the ruling coalition, hostile factionalism, power struggles between the President and the Prime Minister, and the resultant crippling of the administrative and security apparatus also gave a particularly bad name to the very idea of ‘governance by democracy.’    

That regime had also failed to defend and sustain the gain of 19th Amendment to the Constitution, its most important political achievement. The Amendment had drastically reduced the arbitrary powers of the President and restored Sri Lanka’s parliamentary democracy as well as the system of checks and balances on executive and legislative authority. Although a new constitution was to be drafted to further advance the political reform process, the failure of the President and the Prime Minister to cooperate and provide effective leadership showed that neither of the two leaders was willing to take new political initiatives.  Two years in power, the yahapaalanaya coalition government entered a phase of inertia and stagnation. A key shortcoming of the two leaders that became quite clear during the early period of internal disputes within the government is their inability to steer their political coalition out of its minor disputes and then consolidate it as an effective instrument of governance, policy reforms and political management.       

This failure also gave the SLPP one of its most effective electoral slogans with potentially lasting and far reaching political consequences  – a radically new political alternative for Sri Lanka with a strong leader, a strong government, a strong administration with military participation, with just one strong center of power with no checks and balances. The stress has been on the word ‘strong.’

The landslide victory of the SLPP at the Presidential election held in November last year and the parliamentary election three days ago can thus be seen also as a crushing punishment delivered by the voters to the UNP and its leadership.  The voters have obviously not forgiven the UNP leadership for its letting them down so badly during the four and half years of its irresponsible, quarrelsome and ineffective governance.

There are also other major reasons  for the voters to be so powerfully attracted to the SLPP. A relatively new political party formed in 2016 by the powerful Rajapaksa family, the SLPP in its programme, ideology and reform agenda has an enormously attractive ‘populist’ dimension.  Its slogan for a strong state led by a strong leader has been couched in Sinhala-Buddhist patriotic symbolism and discourse. This indeed constitutes its core appeal to the voters across all social classes in the Sinhalese society. 

The SLPP’s rhetoric of economic and anti-Western nationalism, coupled with the promise of bringing back elements of the welfare state, always had an appeal among the poor and middle classes who had been left out by the neo-liberal reform policies so ardently pursued by the UNP-wing of the previous government. 

Amidst widespread social discontent caused by a sluggish economy trapped in debt crisis, a campaign built on virtues of developmentalist populism, national security and political stability under a strong leadership obviously had much allure over a return to weak democratic governance with a fractured author structure.   

Meanwhile, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s efficient handling of the public health challenge caused by the Covid 19 seems to have convinced the vast majority of the Sri Lankan electorate that a new form of efficient government, with open participation of the military and personally handled by the President himself, would be the model of a new political experiment worth giving a chance. 

Two months of a relentless war against the dreaded drug barons, with massive media publicity given for sensational discoveries, raids and arrests, gave the President’s camp not only a decisive electoral edge over the entire opposition. It also showed that Sri Lanka is ready to follow the global trend in new Right-wing populist politics of romanticizing law and order regimes that promise to instill a new sense of security to the citizens which the old-style liberal democracies have of late failed. 

The last, perhaps the most important, point of the SLPP’s electoral promise of radical reform package-in-waiting is its subtle suggestion that Sri Lankan citizens are in urgent need of a post-democratic political order in which national security, law and order, political stability, regime continuity, economic prosperity, and religio-moral regeneration are given utmost priority.

Shift in Party System

Finally, the parliamentary election results also indicate a dramatic shift in Sri Lanka’s established political party system.  Two grand old parties –the UNP and the SLFP – have been literally wiped out from parliament and the SLPP, a new populist party, has emerged as the single dominant party. 

The UNP has irretrievably lost its familiar role as the main parliamentary opposition party, and it has now been taken over by the SJP, led by Sajith Premadasa, who broke away from the UNP only a couple of months ago. Only an effective and assertive SJP can prevent Sri Lanka from institutionalizing a dominant one-party system.

Legislative Agenda

The SLPP has so far been careful not to spell out its constitutional and legislative reform programme. Yet, it has given enough indications that there would be major constitutional changes aimed at bringing back a fully-pledged presidential constitutional system and offering an administrative role to the military. Presidential term limits are likely to be removed too. The existing balance of power between the executive and the legislature is likely to be altered too, in favour of the former. 

However, a major alteration of the 19th Amendment, which has given more power to the Prime Minister and Parliament than under the 18th Amendment, would be a politically complex challenge for both the President and the Prime minister who, as individuals, happen to be brothers. In constitutional terms, what the Sri Lankan voters have elected in November is a President with a relatively weak constitutional authority and a just a few days ago a parliament with greater power and authority.  The fact that the President and the Prime Minister also have their own constituencies and power bases might make this an exceedingly interesting case study of political bargaining and compromise within a family-centric regime.

Meanwhile, amidst the inevitable euphoria after such a massive victory, the SLPP government will have a truly challenging time ahead. Sooner than later, the impending economic and social crises of unprecedented proportions, sharpened by the likely global economic collapse caused by the Covid 19 Pandemic, may force the government leaders to review many of their plans that were probably forged well before the pandemic. 

In this uncertain context, Sri Lankan citizens need a humane government, not merely a strong one. More democratic and consultative governance, and not any less of it. 

J R Jayewardene, soon after he received the 5/6th parliamentary majority in July 1977, declared that he was quite aware of the pitfalls of having such a mammoth mandate.  Jayawardena also went on to say that he would use that massive parliamentary power with caution and prudence. Yet, Jayewardene’s legacy has been one that belied what he promised to himself. Sri Lanka’s past experience shows that every regime with a massive parliamentary mandate has failed to resist the temptation of using that power in a tyrannical manner and in turn creating greater instability in the country.

In these uncertain times, this is a lesson that President and Prime Minister Rajapaksa might find it useful to reflect on. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 7
    7

    Hmmmmm ?? I have always admired articles written by Jayadeva Uyangoda… but article lacks substance….. J. Uyangoda ended the article some weird sentence

    “In these uncertain times, this is a lesson that President and Prime Minister Rajapaksa might find it useful to reflect on”…….like really ? Seriously ? like we don’t want these blood brothers are capable of county barely got freed from their murderous tyranny back in 2015…….instead CT should consider that Rajapakse is planning to turn Sri Lanka on to Communist State .

    all so J. Uyangoda should have emphasize how Dangerous is an overwhelming majority. where just about every law and Sick “megalomaniac” idea can now be approved – we should worship Rajapakse family as been equal to GOD like in North Korea to people originating from Hambantota are from a higher Cast and the rest of Sri Lankans are Sub humans…. all of this can be approved by this 2/3 majority.

    • 8
      15

      There are enough rumours that VOTE rigging should have been the case almost every district – this they had planned long before. else, they cant have over 70% of votes for SLPP during the election. People should be born PINN GONNU, if that was the case. However, the truths will come to light in the days to come. Divine forces are on the side of the poor folks whose only ornament – which is the universal franchise, were looted by ballige puthas also this time.
      I think Mahinda will have to die soon with the loads of crimes committed to own folks. Not just to northerners but to all sofar. Besides, the manner he looted is even beyond all loots of some tribal leaders in Africa.

      • 3
        8

        lelage balli is losing his nuts. I think you will have to die first before Mahinda. you Sick balli

        • 6
          3

          a14455 / August 9, 2020

          as a faekel eater of Rajapakshe, you woul dnot see it right.
          :
          The consequence is people are made eternal stupid ones so that ballige puthas could live up their propensities on the costs of the poor people. I have no doubt, Rajakashe will be exploded in to the pieces going beyond the levels of Premadasa in 1990. That he deserves for sure. One can loot and cheat, but to the manner, Mahinda Rajakshe has been doing is beyond all margins.
          :
          No doubt the news will be there in nthe near future. I beleive in truths and I take always the side of the poor that derseve a better life my country. I dont care about race, religion or whatever the barrier stand between the communities. I have no doubt Rajakshes will be vanished to the same manner, Gadafi family ended up. Let s be patient to experience the momement even if this would sound bit cynical.

        • 0
          1

          Let Sinhalese Aryans loot our Sinhalese Country because Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese Aryans. We all know right from the independent TAMILS AND MUSLIMS robbed the wealth of Sinhalese Country, CEYLON (Sri Lanka) That’s why Tamils said Sinhalaya Modayas. They all robbed our wealth. Is Maharaja, St. Anthony, etc brought the money from the moon? We all know Indian Boras brought the money from India. See how Arjuna Mahendran robbed the money and went to Singapore.

    • 9
      0

      Like really, Mr P Sinhala?

      Uyangoda’s article is clear, I thought, but I’m not sure that your statements are intelligible at all.

      Like, what is this sentence about:
      “Seriously ? like we don’t want these blood brothers are capable of county barely got freed from their murderous tyranny back in 2015…….instead CT should consider that Rajapakse is planning to turn Sri Lanka on to Communist State”?

      If I’m to take a stab at your last para, it would seem to me that you disapprove of both the 2/3 and the Rajapakse-s. In this respect, this para makes sense, but only if that’s what you meant. See?

      Perhaps you should learn to critique your own posting before throwing stones at someone of the calibre if Jayadeva Uyangoda?

      Just saying.

      • 0
        3

        Easton Scott……and you are lecturing about my comment “Just Saying ?”……
        Easton Scott…let’s be honest about CT ok….60% people here at CT have no idea about how this site operates and for worse Dialog telekom -hutch- all have blocked CT [Ct came on line only on election day 5th midnight- weird thing is they know about it but never has been written about it]….

        and you user [Easton Scott]….is actually a CT editor…..nope sadly mate you are…..

        I hardly cares what some arrogant so called wanna be journalist thinks about NON journalists like us-ordinary people…but you bastard journalists are solely responsible all the misery just happened to us…..secondly be a man and don’t be like those liberal lunatics cause if you ain’t got nothing to comment or to add stop criticizing others views…because you think I gives a Damn about your ” just saying”……

  • 9
    2

    “Ironically, the only MP elected on the SLFP’s venerable symbol of the Hand is a Tamil citizen from Jaffna, “…..a scion of an elite Tamil political family.””

    really?

    his dad made millions from the hard earned money of poor Tamils desperate to go oversaes to earn a living. his dad promised to smuggle to them to the western and Middles Eastern destinations. destinations!
    some were left abandon in the high seas and hot deserts..some never saw the colour of their money neither did they leave the shores os Jaffana. He send his goons if any one ask thier money back.

    He is of course a good friend of you know who ……our Prime Minister

  • 5
    0

    “…it (UNP)has now been taken over by the SJP, led by Sajith Premadasa, who broke away from the UNP only a couple of months ago…”

    I am intrigued by the party symbol of SJP.

    in this modern Information Technology age of smart mobile phones and push button land line phones….SJP has gone for the old fashion cradle and rotary dial phone.

    any one has any information on this idea behind SJPs party symbol

    • 2
      2

      Dear Rajash,
      .
      I have already posted some comments below regarding the call for voters to spoil their votes.
      .
      Well, he’s brought out another video a couple of hours ago:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIMTYWVdqJE&list=UU58y6NhWQ_IkAUJdYqtmtQg&index=2&t=0s
      .
      There he is, gloating that as many as 700,000 votes have been spoilt. On can just imagine what a huge difference there would have been had those voters actually voted as best they could.
      .
      Please, readers, examine and comment!
      .
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/None_of_the_above
      .

      • 1
        0

        Dear Sinhala_Man

        it’s indeed a shock that the UNP has been completely wiped our from the Sri Lankan electoral face.

        RW from 500,000 votes in the last election to few thousands this year!

        is this mass scale vote rigging or mass scale rejection by the voters?

        or perhaps a combination of both?

        • 2
          0

          Dear Rajash,
          .
          RW has been deservedly rejected. I won’t say decisively because there were rumours that he was going to come into Parliament on the National List and become the Speaker. In this land anything is possible, isn’t it? For example, S.B. Dissanayake is an M.P. again.
          .
          In any election, each side tries to gain the advantage – by means fair or foul.
          .
          I’m not referring here to the many unfair things that happened – but that was not rigging.
          .
          My concern here is that young people (mostly) were brainwashed into spoiling their votes. The long term effects of this are serious. I’d like to see an effort made to educate voters. This Sepal was doing the very opposite.
          .
          Many improvements have to be made to our society. My complaint is that we can’t even start the process if dishonest (but diabolically clever) people like this Sepal are allowed to get away with this.
          .
          I’m not saying that the guy should be shot. We must ensure that the points currently being made by us should be understood by all voters. I think it our duty to further that goal, to every single voter. Most are fools!
          .
          However, we shouldn’t unnecessarily insult our people the way that rj1952 does. They will get even more stubborn.

    • 0
      0

      Yes – the party symbol of a Fixed Line Telephone is a more common view of a telephone to the
      villagers and older generations. Had a mobile phone been chosen it would be similar to
      a TV remote and such a picture may have put off the Voter, with the word Telephone?

  • 6
    4

    Dear Prof

    Thank you for a wonderful analysis.

    The difference now to earlier as follows

    – Hon JRJ had to deal with the TULF then in 1977 with a so called separatist mandate an unprecedented event in our Nations history…with the TULF victory speech in Colombo even sighting river of blood with the Indian Trained children under TULF wing an ahemsa mandate apparently given by Tamil people the world was told if not given what was asked by the TULF?? So JRJ had to deal with a very different things and also have to come up with the Presidential powers to deal with what was presented to him then….am sure there are lot of International advisors involved too.

  • 4
    4

    Now the same folly up North in a reduced mandate for even on devolution………with more Tamil parties than one could count but their victims the “freedom fighters” have now got themselves elected separately…even these freedom fighters are called traitors and turncoats too….is just the way things are in “Ratha Pottu Landscape” where FP had its unofficial kingdom as FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA where any decent was all killed off by the Indian trained children under the direct supervision of FP/ITAK/TULF. We have an Indian Embassy in Jaffna to show the achievements too.

  • 6
    2

    There is complexity after the elections regarding the status of the constitution. Who will become powerful > Younger brother or Elder brother? Already the economy is deteriorating. Tourism and foreign employment sectors are badly affected. It looks as if the Sinhala voters down south want a family dynasty to rule the country. Appointed MPs who are not the choice of the people will be in Parliament. There will be criminals as MP’s in the Parliament We expect chili powder throwing to continue.

  • 7
    4

    The majority of the Sinhala voters have made their irrevocable choice and they now have no other option but to live with it come what may happen-.?
    \
    As an international marketer, I will not dwell on the past [ it is a totally forgotten fact ], live in the present and plan for the future.?
    \
    More than 99.5% of the population as far as I am concerned are living below the poverty belt are totally dependent on handouts from the government, overseas remittances from the menial working forces and other droppings from benefactors such as the NGO’s who have been coming to the party for such a long period of time.?
    \
    Thi presents Kalla kallathoni of a much-reputed war criminal should not have obtained nomination in the first place to be a combatant for the prime seat but an act of conniving deceit from the present head of the Election’s Department was able to run on false racially highlighted and frightening what would happen which made the majority community shiver beyond redemption in their amude’s.
    \
    Once elected as he has no grey solid matter in his rock full of the brain he has now begun ruling using his fellow ganankarraya war criminal fellow military goons to rule and roost the hapless beggar colony of a country to be under an army dictatorship.

    • 3
      0

      Rohan Johnpillai (born1952 – I wish you had been contracepted out.)

      Try to substantiate this:
      .
      “More than 99.5% of the population are living below the poverty belt.”
      .
      You probably live below the poverty line in Australia. I have already emailed you details of my relatives in Australia. My assessment is that they are much better off than you are.
      .
      I’m admittedly poorer, but I’m not living in poverty. Also, it is now the opinion of all who read what’s on Colombo Telegraph (except one person) that my English is better than yours.
      .
      Who is that sole exception? – you, yourself!

      • 2
        1

        Sinhala_Man,

        ‘(born1952 – I wish you had been contracepted out.)’
        .
        Ha ha ha, may be he was just hatched by the Sun. I have this theory that not having a cartoon section, CT allows rj1952 to continue for his comic value. I once saw a sign on the Colombo-Kandy Road that read ‘English Is Teaching Here’. No doubt rj is one of their more illustrious alumni.

        • 3
          1

          Stanley –
          By your exhibiting your inferiority complex by making many a vain attempt in trying to keep pace with my styles of writing.
          \
          You are nothing but a sorely frustrated dumbo.
          \
          If you Oh master ascertain errors in my English please enlighten me, by attempting to ridicule me you have been caught with your panties down to your knees.++++

        • 0
          0

          Dear Stanley,

          We ve been upset looking at the manner, people of this country committed HARAKIRI..
          Why should we bother with the kind of COMMENT.
          .
          Mr SM, please leave it. Just leave it. Let him add his thoughts the manner he thinks is right. If CT would agree with him, why you and I to stand against. See, that Eagle EYE is ultra racial person. But CT allows the kind of comments.

          Now I have got a LINK for you.
          Please check it out.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnyxAlS7ZnM

      • 3
        3

        Sinhala Man,
        The biggest mistake I have ever made in my life is giving you my email address and responding to you politely.
        \
        I am not a name-dropper like you and do not care two hoots about who on earth your kith and kin are.
        Will they host me for a few FOB meals or even introduce me to a few yak damsels.?
        \
        I had a glance on your last mail and gave it right royal dumping to the trash bin where it really belongs to.
        \
        Are you trying to dispute that 99.5% of the Lankan population are not living in dire straits not knowing where their next meal is coming from.?
        \
        If you need psychiatric counselling I do not spending part of my government assistance to relieve you of your petty jealousy towards a person with whom you have not spoken one letter and seen each other.+

        • 3
          0

          Dear Mr. rj1952 / August 9, 2020

          With the unprecidented victory of the barbarians, we are all down with unhappiness. Right at this moment, I dont think, it is fair you to attack the gentle people such as Mr SM. We simply dont want any unnecessary issues on this forum. u see ?
          .
          I did not attack your comments even if most of them contained filthy sinhala terms. But as a whole, I commended your thoughts again, but please dont attack Mr SM. He is the most gentle commenter on this forum.
          :
          I dont think he or the like should seek PSYCHIATRIC COUNSELLING but definitely few others that attack us (anti-Rajakshes thought bearers) on this forum.
          :
          Have a great week for you !

        • 3
          1

          rj1952,
          .
          ‘The biggest mistake I have ever made in my life is giving you my email address’
          .
          The biggest mistake you made was using obscenities. The second biggest was not learning to write in English.

      • 1
        1

        Dear SM,

        Good morning !
        I would not continue making effort to change anyone s behaviours. So why should you be busy with that in terms of Rohan.? Why should you be bothered with his nature? He may have experienced lot more untold stories in his home country and that may be the reason him to continue using his kind of wording. We know how our people treated our minorities from the day one right, if anyone would try to hide this would not achieve anything.

        Besides, we cant change the world but we can apply it to us – that is the most important sentence of human psychology. latter was what I got to learn my teacher then. He is a german and he wrote this on the display board so that students could see it right. The class was filled with various nationalities including more arabs than europeans. Some of them had not learnt to behave well because they had come from wild environments.
        See, LOOKING back to affairs of our island, we collectively fought against evil forces that were not overlooked by the people, but in the end, as we never expected, people voted for them for some reasons, or votes were rigged in a large scale by the very same high criminals as if we spoke all along to the a wall. Right ?

  • 10
    3

    Some of my comments posted to a SinhalaDaily were not published (again).
    One is about possible vote rigging in Kalutara and Matara and the other was asking Rajapaksas to show patriotism by amending the Land Act disallowing foreigners to buy lands.
    My previous comments about the unbelievable escalation of rape, especially child rape, under Gotabhaya’s rule were never published. According to other sources (the police website is yet to publish statistics), there have been around 6884 cases so far!!!
    Don’t I have a right to show concern?
    There are a whole lot more concerns.
    The DG/Archaeology, who is famous for distorting our history and prehistory, has made a “weird proposal” to hand over some selected lands under Dept/Archaeology to the Buddhist clergy.
    This is a sure way to sell archaeological lands through “politicized Buddhist clergy” who will dance to the tune of the rulers.
    The need of the hour is to have a true patriot voice in Parliament to preserve Sinhalese Buddhist heritage from being destroyed by rulers, in addition to protect our national resources from being sold.
    Therefore, I fully support Gnanasara Thero’s entry into Parliament through the national list.
    .
    (It is a pity that I have to repeat everything I said against the slave government, even with the Rajapaksa government.)

    • 4
      0

      My Dear Champa,

      You are spot on… I think ELECTIONS in srilanka as a whole – not acceptable… elections are to civilized people… where majority of civilized people are there. Srialnka is not a place where most would respect free and fair elections. They would just betray their votes not knowing the facts and figures well.

      I have no doubt, that vote rigging was well planned during the night of 5th:
      .
      Thank you you have raised this here. I thought I would have been only person to see it the same way as you doo in that regard.

    • 0
      0

      Champawati,
      ” The need of the hour is to have a true patriot voice in Parliament to preserve Sinhalese Buddhist heritage from being destroyed by rulers, in addition to protect our national resources from being sold. – This part is rubbish.

      “ My previous comments about the unbelievable escalation of rape, especially child rape, under Gotabhaya’s rule were never published. According to other sources (the police website is yet to publish statistics), there have been around 6884 cases so far!!! “ Clear danger is brewing. Please keep working on this. I am interested in seeing your progress in this. Sadly, you may remember when Vijayakala said that Leader Pirapaharan has to come to stop Aava Kuzhu and other paramilitary groups’ children and women abuse, the entire South jumped on her, including Ranjan. She is still facing terrorism charges under PTA for trying to save helpless widowed women and children from paramilitary groups & rowdies.
      Wish you the best!

  • 8
    0

    A major shift in some ways, but not in others.
    .
    Some of the newly-elected MPs.
    .
    Namal Rajapaksa – Son of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Chamal Rajapaksa – Brother of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Nipuna Ranawaka – Nephew of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Shasheendra Rajapaksa – Son of Chamal Rajapaksa
    Sajith Premadasa – Son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa
    Yadamani Gunawardana – Son of Dinesh Gunawardena
    Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and son Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon
    Kanchana Wijesekera – Son of ex-minister Mahinda Wijesekera
    Kanaka Herath – Son of ex-minister Maheepala Herath
    Anuradha Jayaratne – Son of late PM D.M. Jayaratne
    Dilum Amunugama – Nephew of Dr Sarath Amunugama
    Vidura Wickremanayake – Son of late PM Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
    Lohan Ratwatte – Son of late minister Anuruddha Ratwatte
    Kavinda Jayawardana – Son of late minister Dr Jayalath Jayawardana
    Duminda Dissanayake – Son of late chief minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake
    Prasanna Ranatunga – Son of ex-minister Reggie Ranatunga
    Dr Ramesh Pathirana – Son of late minister Dr Richard Pathirana
    Muditha Prishanthi – Wife of late MP Ranjith Zoysa
    Isuru Dodamgoda – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda
    Chandima Weerakkody – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda
    Kins Nelson – Son of late deputy minister H.J.P. Nelson
    Akila Ellawala – Son of late chief minister Mohan Saliya Ellawala
    Pavithra Wanniarachchi – Daughter of ex-deputy minister Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi

    • 5
      0

      Jeewan Thondaman – Son of late minister Arumugam Thondaman
      Waruna Liyanage – Son of late MP Heenmahathmaya Liyanage
      Thalatha Athukorale – Sister of late minister Gamini Athukorale
      Harshana Rajakaruna – Son of ex-minister Sarathchandra Rajakaruna
      Rohini Kavirathna Wijeratne – Wife of late MP Sanjeewa Kavirathna
      Tharaka Balasuriya – Son of ex-minister Dr Jagath Balasuriya and ex-governor Kumari Balasuriya
      Asanka Nawarathna – Son of Ranjith Nawarathna, the son of the founding secretary of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya
      D.V. Chanaka – Son of ex-provincial minister D.V. Upul
      Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam – Son of Kumar Ponnambalam, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress president
      C.V. Vigneswaran – Relative of former minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara
      Anupa Pasquel – Brother of late deputy minister Daya T. Pasquel
      Gayantha Karunathilaka – Son of late deputy minister Rupa Karunathilake
      Thenuka Vidanagamage – Brother of ex-Uva provincial minister Anura Vidanagamage
      Dushmantha Mithrapala – Son of late deputy minister H.R. Mithrapala
      Suchith Sanjaya Perera – Son of late minister M. Vincent Perera
      Priyankara Jayaratne – Son of late minister S.D.R. Jayaratne
      Arundika Fernando – Nephew of ex-MP Godfrey Fernando
      Niroshan Perera – Son of late minister Festus Perera
      Abdul Haleem Mohamed – Son-in-law of late foreign minister A.C.S. Hameed
      Shehan Semasinghe – Son of ex-deputy minister H.B. Semasinghe
      J.C. Alawathuwala – Son of ex-deputy minister S.W. Alawathuwala
      Kokila Harshani Gunawardana – Daughter of late provincial councillor Deshabandu Namal Gunawardana
      Ranjan Ramanayake – Nephew of late Vijaya Kumaratunga, the leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party
      Sudarshani Fernandopulle – Wife of late minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
      Professor Tissa Vitharana – Nephew of former finance minister Dr N.M. Perera
      Manjula Dissanayake – Wife of late minister Salinda Dissanayake
      .
      Vistas of prosperity and splendour? Well, for them may be.

      • 0
        0

        Most of the list is sensible avd is cause for concern.
        Some are rather far fetched, like CVW & Vasudeva, for example.
        Also where kinship is close one needs to examine the role played by the more senior person in getting in the younger relative.
        *
        For some reason the Tamil electorate has been wiser in this regard. (Perhaps there is far too little tosh in this business for them.)
        *
        Also the relevant relative for Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is the grandfather who passed away more than40 years ago. The father was never elected MP or Provincial Councillor.
        In fairness, GP was not promoted by his father or grandfather in any political venture.

  • 3
    2

    PART ONE

    Dear Readers,
    .
    I have got reports of hundreds of thousands of ballots having been deliberately spoilt by voters.
    .
    This may be the reason:
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/None_of_the_above
    .
    This was advocated by the man in this video:
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVwSFhpPhAg&list=UU58y6NhWQ_IkAUJdYqtmtQg&index=3
    .
    This is clearly not just a stooge, but an employee of the Rajapaksas, speaking here, close to the elections, in such a way as to stop floating votes from going to either the SJB (Telephone) or the JVP Grouping (compass, also referred to as the “clock by some).
    .
    “Sepal won the confidence of the young (mostly from poor families). Here he is speaking just outside his home. It is behind the Bellanwila temple, Dehiwela. A whole kilometer away. I visited his home on, I think, Sunday the 19th of July 2020. He wasn’t at home, but I met his daughter (aged about 21 years). She has something to do with the Air Force. He actually had one talk in which he said, “let’s speak in Sinhala” – said in Sinhalese, obviously. Now can you see how he uses quite a bit of English to impress his gaping audience?

  • 3
    2

    PART TWO
    .
    Most of this is quotes from what I put on below the Youtube programme:
    .

    “This video is full of insults to the JVP. He claims that they are uneducated – his target audience is probably that, but he flatters them with that particular insult of JVP and impresses them with his own knowledge of English, and he used to often sport a Royal College tee shirt.
    .
    “Hats off to the guy, though. He urged listeners to spoil their votes by writing NOTA – it is explained in this Wikipedia entry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/None_of_the_above – He did succeed in his mission, although I concede that the Rajapaksa would have won without these dirty tricks. In this talk on the 6th, he said that he was speaking before Election Results were released”
    .
    This fellow should be shown up by posting some good responses in Sinhalese.
    .
    Of course it’s too late now. I did post some warnings before the elections, but I don’t think that they registered sufficiently.
    .
    In any case, there’s not much purpose in saying these things in English.

    • 4
      4

      Sinhala man

      Don’t be a bufoon . anyone can post anything on youtube.

      People are not sheep like you snd your UNP block voting gang. They have independent minds.

  • 0
    0

    Dear Folks where would I find list of all the elected MP’s by names, electorate, party please.

    The GOSL website I have to type by name to find the details??

    • 1
      0

      Just Gazetted and published. You may find it on colombogazette.com under the news article “Names of newly elected MPs gazetted” dated
      9 August 2020. A downloadable PDF of the gazette is published therein.

      • 0
        0

        Thank you so much.

    • 1
      0

      Mr Venugopal

      I found this.

      https://economynext.com/complete-list-of-elected-candidates-and-number-of-preferences-received-72751/

      It has all the elected members not the national list.

    • 1
      0

      TV
      Go to Ada Derana there should be a link under this caption: “Names of freshly elected MPs gazetted”

    • 1
      0

      http://www.newswire.lk/2020/08/08/manapa/

      No one contests by electorate now. It is the district.

  • 1
    0

    What was the percentage of VOTES JRJ received in 1977 – can sometimes help me with this figure, please.

    Soma

  • 3
    0

    Any regular anti Pohottuwa writers on CT should begin by explaining how their pre election analyses all went wrong.
    Actually they were all propaganda, not honest, unbiased evaluations.

    Soma

  • 0
    2

    QUOTE “Gotabhaya’s efficient handling of the public health challenge caused by Covid 19 . . . convinced the electorate that a new form of efficient government, with open participation of the military and personally handled by the President, (is) a political experiment worth (trying)”. END QUOTE

    It is a pity that JU did not reflect adequately upon the other side of this coin (he is not unaware of the matter of course). The quote also implies the incipient stage of a now near unavoidable drive to an authoritarian state.

    • 1
      0

      KD,

      JU’s analysis is correct as far as what the Sinhalese voters think. But as DJ said in one of his saner moments, it is going to be more ‘totalitarian’ than mere ‘authoritarian.’

      Enough voters will feel the pain to shift again, as they did between 2010 and 2015, unless the culture has fundamentally changed to what is in China and Russia, which is unlikely. Happy go lucky people will rise from their slumber only when such totalitarianism cuts close to the bone. But for now, the Covid crisis is what is on their minds.

  • 0
    0

    “Sri Lanka’s past experience shows that every regime with a massive parliamentary mandate has failed to resist the temptation of using that power in a tyrannical manner and in turn creating greater instability in the country.

    In these uncertain times, this is a lesson that President and Prime Minister Rajapaksa might find it useful to reflect on.”

    “Adiyatha Maadu Padiyathu”. A crude way of stressing lessons in Tamil; Carrot is not the game alone, cane too be has to be there.

    Professor Udyanka is trying to put it in mild way to the the worst violent, self declared Royal family, in the earth now. Without taking them to Hague’s Electric Chair they will not get their lesson.

  • 1
    0

    ……
    “Sri Lanka’s past experience shows that every regime with a massive parliamentary mandate has failed to resist the temptation of using that power in a tyrannical manner and in turn creating greater instability in the country.”

    J R Jayewardene, soon after he received the 5/6th parliamentary majority in July 1977, ,,,,43 years on where are we…..

    the political landscape is fragmented ….for the benefit of the Rajapakses to stay in power
    the economy is in doldrums
    no leader in sight who can unite the country

    • 1
      0

      R
      Leaders do not drop from heaven, but emerge in the course of struggle.
      Meanwhile it is important to keep people informed and educated.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.