20 August, 2017

Postponing Elections & Dismantling Democracy

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

The government has gazetted the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a view to postponing elections to the provincial councils. The Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces were to stand dissolved in a few weeks time, in early October. If passed into law, the 20th Amendment would allow not only the postponement of all PC elections, but also the extension of the terms of all existing PCs up to September 2019 in a direct violation of the franchise and the sovereignty of the people. The proposed postponement of the PC elections comes in the context where the local government elections which were due in March 2015 have also been indefinitely postponed.  This is the latest in a long list of outrages against democracy perpetrated by this government which came into power through a conspiracy aided by interested foreign parties on 8 January 2015.

The dismantling of democracy began on 9 January 2015.  The UNP leader who had 44 MPs in parliament was made Prime Minister and the UPFA Prime Minister who had  the support of 144 MPs was sacked. The President who contested against the UPFA and SLFP as the candidate of a coalition of political parties including the UNP, TNA, JVP, SLMC and ACMC among others, seized control of the SLFP and UPFA as well after assuming power. The incumbent Chief Justice of the country was sacked from office with just a chit from the President’s office. Even though the 2015 presidential election had been fought on the platform of abolishing the executive presidency, the 19th Amendment to the constitution was a farce perpetrated on the people and the executive presidency still remains as it was.

We fought the 2015 August parliamentary election under the banner of the SLFP and the UPFA in the name of maintaining the unity of the political party through which all of us had entered politics. But on the eve of the election, the President used his executive power to skew the election result by stating publicly that he would not make me Prime Minister even if the UPFA won the election and by sacking the General Secretaries of both the SLFP and the UPFA, 48 hours before the poll.  Can an election held in such circumstances be declared to be free and fair? After the election, more than 40 MP’s of the UPFA who were elected to parliament on an anti-yamapalana platform, were given ministerial portfolios of various rank and taken into the government.

Loyalists of the President who had been defeated at the poll were brought into parliament through the UPFA national list. Though 51 parliamentarians of the UPFA  remained in the opposition the position of leader of the opposition was given to the TNA which had 17 MPs and the position of Chief Opposition Whip was given to the JVP which had 6 MPs. Thus both the government and the parliamentary opposition are dominated by political parties that had been on the same side at the 2015 Presidential election. In this situation, the Constitutional Council which makes appointments to the most important offices of the state, and is appointed by the government and parliamentary opposition together, was also made up entirely of people who had been on the same side at the 2015 Presidential election.

This resulted in the independent commissions and important offices of the state being filled with yamapalana sympathisers. There has never been such a perversion of democracy in this country under any previous government. Even though the yamapalana government won only 106 seats at the 2015 parliamentary election, this has increased to a two thirds majority due to UPFA parliamentarians accepting ministerial portfolios. Executive power is being misused by this government not  just to hold on to power, but also to sell strategic national assets to foreigners without consulting the people or even parliament. When two bids are received, the unfavourable bid is selected in a manner that makes it only too plain that vast kickbacks are involved.

All members of the SLFP in this government were elected to parliament through an election campaign led by me. I wish to remind them that they were not elected to Parliament to help the UNP to dismantle democracy in this country. Every member of the SLFP and the UPFA in Parliament should oppose the proposed 20th Amendment and the Amendment to the provincial council elections law brought with a view to postponing the forthcoming provincial council elections and to extend the terms of the existing provincial councils without an election. The SLFP/UPFA group in parliament can deprive the government of the two thirds majority needed to pass this Amendment.  Because this 20th Amendment impinges on the people’s sovereignty and the franchise, it will require a referendum as well. We will be petitioning the Supreme Court in this regard. But the SLFP/UPFA parliamentarians acting together can block this in the legislature. They are duty bound to do so to safeguard the rights of the people. If the need is to hold all the PC elections on the same day, the government can bring forward the elections to all Provincial Councils to 2017, instead of postponing the elections till 2019.

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    Sir,
    I pity the shameless fool, who write articles on behalf of the disgraced, corrupt King, in his name. Sri Lankans are stupid, but not that stupid.
    Cheers!

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      Beni,

      this [Edited out] would never see it right. He had been looting the nation to the core.

      Today very same man to have audacity to come up with the kin dof articles is beyond all jokes.

      I think that penisless man GLP or Lapdog Dayan Jayatihlaka should have taken the job to write bugger’s made thoughts this way.

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      Sorry Ben Sri Lankans are stupid very modaya stupid

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      Ben Hurling – There are two “suspects” who write articles for and on behalf of the disgraced, corrupt King (a.k.a. Medamulana Meeharaka) namely, G.L.Pe is and Dayan Silva.

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      Dear Mahinda, You brought forward election to dismantle democracy and failed, so why are you blaming others. Was there true democracy during your regime where several people were abducted and gone missing, several murdered in broad daylight. and public opinion was silenced. Just holding elections is not democracy.

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    TSUNAMI HORA,

    Looks like the disease of robbing has been handed down from you to the Yahapalanaya now. We are now pre occupied with selecting the next best Crook to lead our Serendipity and have no time to all your crappy articles. You lead the pack from the front for ten long years and the present administration wants to outsmart you.

    Now they will have to beat you in White vanning, abductions, ransom, rape murder and the likes. Then they will truly and surely beat you. Until then give us space to ponder our next course of action, surely still you are not in contention for the crown, once again.

    Surely no one wants to be abducted, tortured and eventually murdered and tossed in the high seas or murdered in the broad day light in high security zones and still none apprehended.

    That’s a bit of a relief for the masses, despite this colossal day light robbery by PM and the gang, dubbed 007 of SL fame.

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    Mahinda

    First of all, I won’t address you as the Hon. because I have no respect for you. You are a shameless thug who took the country into a financial mess so that you & your family could profit enormously. Having made your fortune to last generations, you are still lusting after power, even as, Prime Minister, if possible, under one of your own stooges. How low can you get?

    There may be some who still condone your actions as the ‘savior of the Sinhala race & protector of Buddhism’ & turn a blind eye to all the corruption & atrocities you committed but I am sure, even they know that they are living in denial. You had your chance, so now enjoy your comfortable retirement from politics.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse wants elections it is not because of democracy. He needs Jackal Opposition to win, so he can brag about him. Even if the Jackal Opposition wins, It is a protest vote because of the scandles in yahapalana govt in which Ranil is governing with Dasa raja dharma and Lichchavi-malla kingdom type.Mahida Rajapakse wasted millions when every now and then elections for one province was conducted. He did not care about the wastage of the money first, secondly selecting another group of criminals and thieves. what is the point of elections when every time criminals and thieves are elected ?

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    The shortcomings pointed out by MR are familiar buggering of democracy based on the assumption that majority is all that counts. The latest victim is Turkey. The mode of governance started in 2005 in which the armed services and police were pampered excessively and now as they say, “The chickens come home to roost”. The chickens were bred on a structure of corruption, nepotism and culture of impunity. The present GoSL is unable to breakdown the structure.

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    Hey “Mahinda” baby,
    “This resulted in the independent commissions and important offices of the state being filled with yamapalana sympathisers. There has never been such a perversion of democracy in this country “

    Haven’t you heard about that Commission currently giving the works to one RK?
    Isn’t that independent enough for you?
    Oh, by the way, you haven’t even referred to RK, the topic of the day. Does it give you the jitters?

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    I just have one question for the Editors of this website. Do you verify the identities of the persons making submissions to your website? Can you please confirm, it is indeed MP for Kurunegala, Mahinda Rajapakse who is writing/submitting this article? If you don’t verify the identities, then I believe there is a lapse on your part resulting in your leading your readers astray. (For a moment, I do not believe MR has the ability/capability/knowledge/acumen/English skills to write such articles. So why is CT leading its readers astray?). Isn’t it a fact that the regime led by this very man censored CT in Sri Lanka?
    I believe this man should respectfully/honourably leave us alone and retire from Politics. He has no legitimacy / credibility among the majority of Sri Lankans. Yes, there are sycophants who wish to follow him, blindly for their own gains/existence. Most of them are crooks/wheeler dealers,/drug dealers/murderers/low life individuals. I believe most right thinking individuals will ever have a bar of this man and his extended family. Most of them are low life and have destroyed the very fabric of Sri Lankan society.

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      Gamin,

      Simply put, all what you have said is true.

      Only thing I’ll add is, now that Ravi K’s misdeeds have come out into the open by the commission set up by this government, in future when Rajapakse crooks are investigated any accusations by them of “political victimisation” will sound hollow.

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    The biggest economic hit man this country produced, talking about something that he was a master at.

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    No white vans or journaNotlists being killed?
    Not enough Sil cloth or roofing sheets in whole island to return you and your uneducated filth.

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      janaka

      “Not enough Sil cloth or roofing sheets in whole island to return you and your uneducated filth.”

      Hang on a minute, MR and his son are eminent respected law makers with qualification in Law, Gota has post graduate qualifications, ……….. members of Rajapaksa clan are public racists and crooks. What more qualifications do they need to be in politics?

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    You have no Fu……g right to talk on DEMOCRACY… YOU BA…… T… D

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