21 September, 2020

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Gota Determined To Hold Election Endangering Millions Of Lankans Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Fearing the electoral fallout of a projected devastating economic meltdown within a few months, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has made the decision to hold a national election amidst the coronavirus pandemic highly placed government sources told Colombo Telegraph.

The election will endanger the lives of millions of Sri Lankans with some 15 million people registered to vote in the parliamentary elections. Worse still Sri Lanka votes by manual ballot which requires voters at every polling booth across the island to touch ballot papers and submit pinky fingers to polling agents for marking with indelible ink, a nightmare scenario during a contagious infectious disease outbreak.

The decision comes amid calls by medical professionals and public health experts to increase testing for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka because the country’s fatality ratio is high and could indicate a far wider spread than is currently being reported by authorities. Most countries report a fatality rate of about 1-2% from the corona virus. However 7 persons have now died of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka with only 258 cases being reported, indicating a 3% fatality to case ratio in the island. Infectious disease experts contend that it is nothing short of madness to contemplate a nation wide election in the middle of a viral outbreak that has killed over 100,000 people worldwide.

Dr. Prasanna Cooray former South Asia Manager for the Global AIDS programme and Sri Lankan infectious disease expert told India’s the Hindu newspaper last week that it was “absurd” to even think of elections in the middle of the pandemic. “How can we even predict when the infections will stop spreading?” The election fever seems to have preceded the government’s COVID response, as poll nominations went on from March 12-19, even as our first few cases were being reported.” Dr Cooray told the Indian newspaper.

On March 31, 2020 the Chairman of the National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya wrote to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s secretary, informing him that due to the pandemic situation the Commission could not make necessary arrangements to hold the election. The Commission said in that letter that they would need to start making preparations by April 20th 2020 at least in order to hold elections in time for Parliament to meet by 2nd June 2020.

The very next day, April 1st 2020, the Elections Commission issued a second “most urgent” letter to the Secretary to the President. In that correspondence, the Elections Commission informed the President in no uncertain terms that with infection numbers climbing, the Commission was convinced that it could not hold the election by the end of May 2020 in order to allow the new parliament to meet by June 2, as required by the constitution. Under the circumstances, given the pandemic conditions, the Commission called on the President to seek an opinion from the Supreme Court about the way forward.

The constitution allows only a hiatus of three months from the date of dissolution of Parliament – in this case 2nd March 2020 – for the country to function without a Legislature. Once that time period lapses, President Rajapaksa fears he may have no choice but to re-summon the old Parliament whose term was originally valid till August 2020, government sources said. According to these sources President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is also mulling executive rule without a parliament in the event elections cannot be held. However having weighed the options the President has decided that he cannot take a major political risk by delaying elections beyond May 2020.

As a result the Government is moving swiftly to create a situation of normalcy, even as medical experts continue to make urgent calls for more testing and warn that the number of corona virus cases in Sri Lanka are most likely much higher than currently reported and while other countries worldwide continue to extend the lockdowns and shelter in place orders on their populations. India for instance has extended lockdown till May 3.

Last week, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachhi announced that the corona virus crisis would be “over” by April 19, a day before the Election Commission deadline for preparations to be begin for a late May 2020 election. The much respected Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jaasinghe also seemed to make remarks that the virus had been contained in the island.

Subsequently, claiming it had sought advice from experts, the President decided to open universities across the country by May 11, 2020. The move has angered the university teachers trade union, which believes the move to reopen in premature in light of the current pandemic situation. By April 20th the Government has decided that BOI companies will recommence operations and the public sector will also gradually go back to work by the same date. The president is also expected to order schools to reopen by mid-May.

All this, Rajapaksa confidants say, is aimed at forcing normalcy to give the Elections Commission “no excuse” but to hold the election which is what the President’s Secretary also told the Commission in a reply to its 1st April letter.

Authoritative Government sources said that the President will trade a 45% turnout of the vote in exchange for an early election. Once the election is over, the shutdown will go back into place, as infection rates will likely skyrocket once the country reopens for one month.

This is not the first time amidst this pandemic that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has put his electoral prospects ahead of the well-being of the citizens. He scoffed at the virus less than a week before he declared islandwide curfew saying “can we shut the country down because of a corona?” simply because he wanted to ensure the nominations process for the parliamentary election was complete. Even if the election was delayed beyond April 25 2020 the President sought to ensure that the nomination list would remain the same thereby ensuring that his main opposition UNP would be contesting as separate entities causing a serious dent in the party’s electoral prospects.

But a delay beyond June 2020 could cost the SLPP dearly as incumbency sets in and the economy, which was already struggling before the Covid-19 crisis heads for serious trouble inflating living costs and forcing the Government to impose heavy taxes in order to meet revenue targets. In the face of a looming cash crunch, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already been forced to rescind massive tax cuts made soon after his election as president, even reimposing PAYE taxation at old rates in violation of his own polls promises. Furthermore the Government’s spate of exchange controls, coupled with desperate pleas from the Central Bank for overseas Sri Lankans and others to park money in the country as a “goodwill gesture” have made investors jittery. In another remarkable twist to stop the economic freefall, the Government appeared to be offering to turn Sri Lanka’s financial system into a tax haven, offering “investors” special deposits that would not be subject to taxes, exchange controls and a no-questions asked policy on those accounts.

At the beginning of the Corona virus crisis in Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa also slashed the prices of dhal and tin fish in a move he said would reduce the financial burden on the people, but last week, the prices shot back up after the Government withdrew the subsidy on these two items to all but state-owned retailers and cooperative chains.

Colombo Telegraph learns that top businessmen aligned to the Gotabaya Rajapksa Administration are urging the President to lift the curfew and reopen the country because their companies have taken serious financial blows during the shutdown. The businessmen have given the President an April 20 deadline. (by Chamika Madiwake)

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  • 33
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    The elections should be postponed until October 2020.
    Parliament should be convened with safety measures and social distancing in place some time in May 2020 soon as it is safe as per expert medical advice.

    NOW is not the right time.

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      why convene the Parliament to continue with social distancing and safety measures? Ty will be relaxed soon as many other countries will do in the near future. The objective of this article is more political than nations safety. Opposition “Yahayas” tried all they could to scupper the planned programme to contain the virus up to now. At the beginning they disagreed giving leadership to experts and Tri-forces and police who are doing a sterling job ignoring political interfering . “Yahayas” want the Parliament convened to implement a politically correct (to suit Yahayas) agenda to score points.

      Now this is the latest. I personally don’t want an election now, but that is for a different reason. This argument about millions of people dead is typical scaremongering of a defeated opposition who is terrified to face the nation soon (as in the past). So I am happy to go along with the current programme than comments from this writer who is political aim. If the expert decide it is safe relax lock down and also to allow an election so be it.

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      Mouth pad aka muzzling fits most to GOTA, because he is an aggressive man. Picture above says it to the world than thousand words.

      These men, by 2015, this country has been made a MURDEROUS state. Nevertheless stupid people – but very poor by knowledge and means, let him reelected, thinking that he would give a life to SRILANKA.
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      He instead ERODED the country in 5 months.
      :
      Lack of almost everything. No education, No wisdom, No Kindness, No hearted feeling towards the own people, No econmic plans for the future. But everything is to LIVE up their idiosyncracies, hidden propensities , over the dead bodies of the people.

    • 5
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      The hidden agenda is to allow the Chinese to take the place of vacancies following the virus outbreak. Just think carefully before putting a red mark on this.

  • 14
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    People are happy without a government. They firmly believe that almost all the MPs are corrupt. They trust the president & forces.

    How many millions are saved without MPs; give that money to innocent people @ this time.

    Consider for an election @ the end of pandemic.

    See the possibility to dissolve PCs too to let people have some more money.

    • 15
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      People may blindly trust someone, but going by past records some sort of monitoring is necessary. That could be done only by the parliament.

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        Mohamad Marzook

        Everybody @ the top must be able able to be trusted.

        It’s accepted that parliament is important but what’s the use of a parliament of which genuineness of representation is doubtful/questioned as the 2015 election is deceptive.

    • 5
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      Yes, long live the king and his generals! ..oops!

  • 3
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    Its not the Corona but anti – establishment thinking and hidden agendas that is killing complexed Sri Lanka Society.

    Cut the crap……
    On the one hand its about the Constitution……
    On the other its Corona………….
    Then the anti-Government…………………..

    Everything in Sri Lanka is evil.
    Disgusting comments & Virus infected minds. Speculation rife.
    Life has to start somewhere and let it begin.
    LET THE PEOPLE BE MORE DECIPLINED AND PROTECT THEMSELVES, TOO MANY PANDITS HAVE SAID TOO MANY THINGS.
    Now its up to the people. There is so much a Government can do.
    Everybody want to be known to be important.
    Dr. Prasanna Cooray should have spoken to a Sri Lanka News paper not an Indian.

  • 5
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    Well, I agree Gota is endangering million of people to hold back the power AND you have to agree with me that if we try and get the oppositions at this stage, you will anyway be in a much more danger.

    It could be a risk, but we need this government who has balls at least.

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    Honestly people, you should all know by now that Our Gota gets what he wants.

    And right now, he wants an election, and with it a ‘nice’ thumping majority that will give his plans the credibility that leaves little room for argument or opposition. Only the other day he said “see South Korea, how they did their elections” “if they can, why can’t we?”

    A little thing like coronavirus is not going to stop him (or his side-kick Pavithra, and others).
    After all, ‘We defeated the most powerful terrorist gang in history’ and a few lives collateral damage won’t matter one way or another. I can live with that. Yes, the truth is that it is better to get the elections over now, than after the inevitable hard times that will come.

    Hard times require a Hard Man; and we have Got(a) one right here and now.

    Dear suffering people, keep your seat belts on, the bumpy ride ain’t over yet.

    • 7
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      Which side are you on, Spring Koha?
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      It’s the sign of a really good comment that you keep us guessing.
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      But what tragedy this is!

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        That is typical to SPRINGKOHA.. may be his thoughts and mind have been robed by Rajapakshes kalliya in between ?
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        Sinhala Man, please take good care of you and your family- We want yo and CT to face life also after COVID crisis.
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        That you should be kept in mind, please dont come with negative thoughts… repeating that youre on the death line…
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        If Mahinda Rajaakshe came with such a public statement, then I would be waiting to greet him.. becuase then the MAFIA links being mastered by him too would be dissppearing.

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        Nothing to guess – Mr Koha is being tongue in cheek, dear Panini! Yes, it is a really good coment.

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        SM: methinks SK (who is one of the best this forum has) is being es eh ar see eh es tee eye see! u c?

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      Need a hard man maybe, or more accurately an honest, strong man…but isn’t he a crooked man?

  • 12
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    Elections has to be held at the right time no questions regarding this if elections are to be held on 25th of May 2020 its okay but all parties should be given freedom to conduct their election .
    Leaflets has to be distributed ,house to house campaign , All contesting should be able to travel to every corner of the district to get the preference votes .
    Above all these safety of voters at election rally’s and meetings has to be guaranteed by the President, also on the election day hand gloves ,sanitation and face mask should be provided to each and every voter at the polling booths by the president.
    Also the safety election monitoring comm-ties and all public servants involve in the elections should be guaranteed by the president .

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    This will be the elections to end all elections. The supporters of Gotler hope to get rid of the constitution and democracy and usher in an era of ethnic cleansing. First they will go after the UNP voting Muslims and wipe them out. This will be followed by the Tamils and the evangelical Christians. Then they can live in their utopia/hell hole where low caste Berawaya, Dhobi etc all become Hamu Mahatteyas and Walauwe Hamuduruwos while the real Macoy has fled/departed for brighter shores aka. gone extinct. On their journey they will also become vassals of the new Chinese empire totally dependent on them for sustenance.

  • 15
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    Srilanka is on deathbed. Kothapaya trying to hold election. Rest In Peace Srilanka.

  • 10
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    President first guarantee our safety and health then go for elections and no curfew from 19th April no quarantine free travel to any part of the country for preferential vote campaign meetings till 10 pm in night

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    The govt. should announce a curfew in Batticoloa and other Muslim districts on the day of the elections. That will ensure that everything runs smooth.

    The risk to other people contracting the Virus will also be low. Because when there are no Muslims there is less contamination. Don’t forget, they went to Mecca and brought this Corona Virus. They should face the consequences.

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      Bloodthirsty retired,
      I know you want the blood of Muslims and also poor Sinhalese as well after drank blood of Tamils. Why do you need election to kill those voted against Gota?

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        Ajith,

        All I am trying to do is save lives.

        Muslims have Coronvirus more than any other ethnicity in SL. They should not be taking part in the elections this time to flatten the curve. Period.

        Who knows it might just be their last elections they would for a long long time. So, they can afford to skip that for the sake of peace.

        If they participate in elections and other people get sick, they are going to be very angry with the Muslims.

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          Rid,
          Can you produce some statistics to prove your hypothesis?

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          Shemale, bp,
          Get your facts right.
          I know it very well, that most gardening in Italy and Korea are not srilanken muslims. But our sinhalaya.
          Also going by HOUSE MAID exported to Middle east countries are not muslims but most of them are sinhalaya.
          Why u knowing the truths but trying to fabricate something else.
          I wonder why you guys, were born to this island ?

    • 7
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      you stupid asshole, the virus originated in China, a country you Sri Lankans worship,
      and soon will be known as Lanka(ROC) or Lanka Republic of China.
      Give or take in 5 or 10 years there will be more Chinese than actual Sinhalese/Dravidayas
      in your MOW-Bima. Have you forgotten that Sinhala beggars came form of South India?. Do you know Ramanayake is a name from Tamil Nadu.
      Check where you got your last name from….?
      Remember Sri Lanka depends on theArabian country for its Foreign Exchange,
      What part of the Armed forces did you serve, you F.xxxxxG Ass Hole

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      Retired Shamal why do you want election we all muslims tamils and sinhalease should live in peace and united then only the country will prosper no curfew from monday if elections are going to be held in May bloody monks are silent these days dont know why

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      Shemale@
      Best would be according to you, … throw away elections from Lanken DEMOCRACY – and It to be named as DEMOCRAZY…
      that would fit most going by today developments under Rajapakshes brothers.. or not ?

      Give us one good reason, people to vote for them in today’s backdrop ?

      You yourself told us few day ago, NEPLA, VIETNAM, LAOS and the like countries have contained it better with not a single DEATH being reported due to CORONA yet… now you talk from your other end, as if you underwent to an OP during the last 48hours ? HOw come you to change you colours form day by day ?

    • 5
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      Retarded Ole fella, Shame on you for your one track mind and Disgusting CRAP you produce.

    • 3
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      Retired Shamal lets go back to 3000 years back and let Deva naga and raksa rule the country if you hate muslims so much lets start from the beginning

  • 8
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    I pray for a man like Mujica, the Poorest President in the World.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mujica

    Only by conquering avarice/greed for power/wealth can a person become a just ruler.
    So said the Buddha.
    Maybe I am a dreamer, but stranger things have happened.
    Ma Lanka deserves/needs one.

  • 20
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    The President’s unjustifiable haste to hold the election amidst COVID-19, could be a deadly joke.
    While one section of the military makes an admirable contribution to mitigate the pandemic, another section uses iron fist to control people and movement.
    There are many steps to be taken before heading for an election.
    1).The first and foremost priority should be the health of citizens. So far only 4,768 have been tested. 238 are positive while 148 are suspicious. The reason for “suspicious cases” not being tested, is not known.
    2).The government seems to have concealed the actual number of cases+deaths. Eg:(i)A false graph indicating the number of positive cases on a daily basis is published without giving the number of tests done. (ii) The reason for some sudden deaths out of hospital due to breathing difficulties were not confirmed.
    3).The CoronaTaskForce headed by SLPP’s Gen.Secretary should no longer be necessary.
    4).The police have imposed a mask-for-all law and social distancing whenever people go out. In order to hold the election, this law has to be lifted.
    5).A large number of people have been arrested for violating curfew. SriLankans have no history of violating curfew laws. If a staggering 26,830 have “violated”curfew amidst a deadly pandemic, then there should have been valid humanitarian reasons to do so.
    6.There is no freedom of expression in social media. Any post involving the Army/Police/President is not allowed. A youth was arrested for posting a comment about Kotelawala ArmyHospital, as the Defence authorities consider it a sacred place. Many others were also arrested for light jokes. This “martial law” should be lifted and the freedom of expression, assembly and movement should be fully restored for voters to feel safe to exercise their franchise.

    • 15
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      Champa,
      Gots wants it urgent because he wants to get rid of Mahinda from Parliament.

  • 15
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    The signs are clear. Sri Lanka needs to vote for any kind of opposition to avoid having a dictatorship by the Rajapaksas. They will destroy this country, if they have a free reign and control of the entire government, give themselves more powers, rip off the country, and keep their racist policies going. Shame on the opposition parties for showing weakness. The country needs a strong opposition to counter the Rajapaksa’s efforts to act like they own this country, and make this so called democracy look like a dictatorship. The few short months they have been in power, things look like it is going in the wrong direction. Wake up Sri Lanka.

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    Who needs elections when the country is run efficiently now. So good keep publishing articles like this as it helps our President to put some discipline into practice

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    What else can we expect from power hungry Rajapakses who have to put their self interest first to keep their necks out of the grip of Justice. All of them have or had legal cases against them.

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      Most cases have been dismissed or just vanished into thin air.

  • 2
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    Govt can get some polling firms to see what percentage of people are against the elections and for governing five years without the parliament. Take that survey as equal to a referundum.

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      Oh, really, JD?
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      This is PART ONE of 3.

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      I hope that all readers will note what they plan to do.
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      We’re sick of the current UNP.
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      Can you think back to what the Grand Old leader, J.R. Jayawardena did? It was he who introduced the Executive Presidential system – when? About 1978. It doesn’t really matter getting that date wrong. In 1977, he had won with something like a four-fifths majority under a first past the post system, valid for five years. Never mind being fuzzy even about that! He was so critical about Sirima, Felix & Co. extending their five-year mandate to seven. That is how he persuaded the electorate to give him so many seats.
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      If you want exact numbers, you will find them here:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election
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      I beg readers to actually look, but don’t bother too much with the details. If you do, you will miss the forest owing to looking at trees. Note this, though: the UNP had got only 50.92%. At that time there were only 168 seats in Parliament, and the UNP had got 140 of them.
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      They said first-past-the-post was a bad system. Of course, they’d won 140 seats – for five years. If elections couldn’t be held in 1982, then they should have reduced their share of seats to – let’s say a little over half (50.92% of the votes, remember), so let’s say 86 or 87 seats.
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      What happened next?

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      PART TWO of 3
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      What happened next?

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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Sri_Lankan_presidential_election
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      Sirima was not allowed to contest. J.R.J. had got the SLFP well and truly addled, but had only 52.91%.* Certainly enough to win but was it enough to justify holding on to 140 seats? But he wanted to keep that huge majority – don’t bother to work out what percentage of parliamentary seats that was. The huge discrepancy is obvious. So came the Referendum of 1982.
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Sri_Lankan_national_referendum
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      That was the “laampuwa” and “muttiya” (lamp and pot in English) game. Those approving this ridiculous exercise were 54.66% by now. The balance disapproved. Finding out the balance is easy enough, isn’t it – deduct from 100 – I’m trying to make you think! Wikipedia says 45.34%.
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      So, he kept his huge Parliamentary majority. Actually something interesting happened on 24 July 1981. A motion of no confidence was passed on the leader of the Opposition, Mr A. Amirthalingam. Please do this, if you respect me, readers. Read about a true Sinhalese hero:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelton_Ranaraja
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      He was the only man who stood against JRJ – his was the only vote against the motion of no-confidence. I wouldn’t say he was a particularly brilliant man – but he may well have been the most honest man who ever entered Parliament, and that, is more important than possessing J.R’s cunning mind, don’t you think?
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      * I’ve calculated the percentage of seats won by the UNP in 1977: it’s 83.33%
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      PART THREE of 3
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      Now do you understand how Black July 1983 came about?

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      On 22 October 1983 Amirthalingam and all other Members of Parliament forfeited their seats. Read about Amirthalingam – the link is given below.
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      But remember, we’ve got to keep saying that this was all the fault of the minorities. Please read about that most unfortunate man, Amirthalingam:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Amirthalingam
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      I know that I’ve been ordered by all Sinhalese politicians (bar the good Shelton?) to hate Amirthalingam. I’m sorry, I’m not one who takes orders!
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      I attribute most of our misfortunes since 1982, to that Referendum. And now, the resourceful JD doesn’t think that even that is necessary.
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      Much as I dislike most of the UNP Parliamentarians – especially Ranil Wickremasinghe – I feel that Parliament should be reconvened, and its term should be extended until such time as we have in truth got the measure of this Coronovirus. No, I’m not suggesting that anybody other than Mahinda Rajapaksa should be Prime Minister. At this moment he is the man who commands the support of the majority of Sri Lankans.
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      Do I support him? No, I don’t. I also think that the election of Gota was fatally flawed. His citizenship was not checked on.
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      And now, dear readers, JD doesn’t want to dignify his power grab by having even a Referendum. As for me, I don’t at all approve of Referenda on this sort of subject. What you advocate is unspeakably bad. But who knows, you may succeed even I this – like the man whom you secretly revere – Donald Trump.
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      I’d like JD to please respond to all that, please.
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    It is muslim villages that are mostly not listening. They liten only to what the osque say. Muslims are the ones spred covid-19. So, all the muslim villages should be circled to contain spread of the disease.

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    Technically, there may be a problem now that there is no parliament. There is officially no government as the legislative branch of the government is missing. It is also the branch that approves finances. So, the need to have Parliament. You cannot raise loans without a full government. IMF has said it will give the next tranche of the loan only after elections ie. until a fully operational government comes into being. This is the predicament Kothapaiya finds himself in.Either summon the old Parliament or or have a new pliant parliament. So, he is desperate to hold elections for a simple practical reason that he cannot go begging for money to run the country.

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    It is ‘Tamil Diaspora’ and NGO suckers that are behind the campaign to create the rift between President and Muslims as well as Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims. They are behind the attacks carried out against Muslims to put the blame on Sinhala Buddhists. Their aim is to use such incidences to tell the International Community that Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Buddhists are ill-treating not only Tamils but Muslims as well and get their sympathy to achieve their objective ‘Eelam’.

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    “Furthermore the Government’s spate of exchange controls, coupled with desperate pleas from the Central Bank for overseas Sri Lankans and others to park money in the country as a “goodwill gesture” have made investors jittery”.
    But the Department of Pensions, by its circular 1/2018 which is being rigourously implementd by the banks in Sri Lanka since late 2019, is encouraging about 10,000 Sri Lankan Government Pensioners, residing in foreign countries to get their pension money deposited in 4 particular bank branches in Colombo, to be transferred to their accounts in the banks in the countries of their residence and also stopping the foreign pensioners to transfer their pension money locally to their relations and friends and social activities like temples, old schools and their known deserving people.
    Sri Lankan Government Pensioner residing in Canada

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    Elections are only required to pass laws that benefit the present government. They have not benefitted the people; on the contrary they have cost billions of rupees to the public each time and to maintain the parasites that are elected, another few billions each month. However, we are a very small minority on this English forum. The vast majority of the hoi polloi will vote, with cloth serviettes tied around their stupid faces and place the parasites yet again on a pedestal to rape the land.

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    Opposition and the CT news site management are scared of the elections as they know well that this ruling party will win the election easily. The opposition is scared as they may be just a few MPs in the new parliament. We are not bothered to have the election or not to have it as long as GR rules this country.

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    What is important is not the parliament, no t the election, not the constitution, not the Democracy, just some one take over it run it properly. It is run properly. so, why do we need all these time wasting money wasting parliaments and constitutions. If they want they can start martial law instead of curfew. Just run an effective govt. President, a few ministers, and forces alone can do that.

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    The decision of the Ruhunu family to grab power gainst the decision of opposition political parties. This amounts to dictatorship. I wish Sri Lankans will not make a mistake a second time by electing the Ruhunu dynasty. If they do it then that is the end of democracy in Sri Lanka. and the country will return to monarchy Only Judiciary can save the country from disaster. If more people die due to elections then President and his group will be responsible for the catastrophe and they should be treated in the proper way by the people. I am sure Mahnayakes are not sleeping

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    spending 7billion for a election in this time,when it can be used for food and medicine, shows callous disregard for the average sri lankens well being. gots is a killer same as the family, decendents from bali kattady hindus from indonasia(java) who were brought by the king to do a thovil. in the 16th century. records and dna shows this.

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    The duty of GR given mandate 16/11/2019 has been promised for New Mandate required for Parliamentary Democracy which Rule the nation by majority will of ballots .
    Eventually to be restoration and reestablishment of lost of that Sovereignty Rights of People of Sri lanka by under previous regime of misgovernance needed to back to Rule of Law by GR.

    Needless to say UNP leader of Ranil Wicks of unholy alliance of rules of governing by in last Parliament was nowhere even reached Parliamentary Democracy.
    By and Large that last corrupted regime of UNP’s (2015 Jan 8th) back by Political Terrorist outfits of TNA ,JVP and MC & allies of local Islam fudamantist and joint operation of MS & CBK of SLFP Tamil federalist were anti-establishments outlets.
    When we were reached to certain point of Coronavirus contain by GR leadership we have back to normal lives of People of Islanders. Well its covered democracy as well of nominalization of nation governance by Wish and Will of Citizens of country men and women .
    Ours country, nation and People cannot run any mode of governance without People Sovereignty and its mandate.
    That is where we were stand as citizens of all Sri Lankan.

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    When i read the comments, I see there is big problem in the Present sri lankan democracy. Some group, who are mostly saboteurs, a handful in comparison to the island wide population of voters, want to sabotage the president. Why you handful of rats are important above the 16.9 million voters. Is it because, your funding agency want it so.
    Why do you want elections ? is it because you want the crooks who promote IDENTITY POLITICS AND HYBRID WAR inside the parliament ?Read the article by the former Speaker to understand what you have done to the country ?. There are some academics who must be chased out from Sri lanka. Only one trade union is needed and not many. They should be destroyed. We do not need 225. Get rid of most of the crooks who always look for freebies.

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