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Putting The Next 51 Weeks To Use While Awaiting Sirisena’s Departure: How To Handle Sirisena’s Last Gasp

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

In fifty-one weeks at most Sirisena will be history but it will be a long and trying fifty-one because what capers he may get up to in the interim are unforeseeable. People speak of Trump as idiosyncratic, erratic and gaga but there is method in his madness. You know what he wants though his devices are sordid. With our man no one knows what processes have taken hold of the befuddled recesses of his head nor of the dark regions of the crania of the weirdos advising him.

He blandly admits that his Gazette stipulating ministerial functions was erroneous. Why? Because he was scampering around like a headless chicken. Did anyone foresee he would fire all nine provincial governors and replace some with anti-Ranil stalwarts or pro-Sirisena pseudo intellectuals or Chandrika partisan SLFPers to persuade the latter to switch loyalties from Chandrika to him? Some new Governors have an unconcealed interest in the politics of the provinces. All his appointments are blatant misuse of the office of president. ‘We the public’ must be vigilant, throwback every excess, take him to court whenever reasonable and organise to rebuff every wrongful act. Damage control then is the first essential task of the citizenry. It does not matter if one is UNP, SLFP-PP, JVP or TNA – it is our common task in this messy period.

Though all is uncertainty there is one clear beacon since a constitutional amendment is most unlikely. There will be presidential elections by the end of this year and nominations will be called between August and October. Once that bridge is crossed Sirisena will count for zilch. His antics thereafter will be ignored by police, military, parliament and government. A duty that ‘we the public’ must commit ourselves to is to ensure that there is no hanky-panky and that all electoral processes go smoothly. A vigilant citizenry must keep the Elections Commission on its toes. This is the second big task on the plate of ‘we the public’.

Allow me to divert to partisan issues for this and the next paragraph. There is uncertainty about presidential candidates though the UNP is spoiled for choice – Ranil, Sajith and Karu. Nobody at this time, the UNP included knows who’s best. And if a constitutional amendment is on the way who would want to be a lame duck president for a few months? And no one knows how the choice of candidate is being dealt with in the Rajapaksa camp. Is there an active debate, if so who is included, or is it going to be left to Mahinda and those he chooses to consult? Drumbeaters Vitrana, Vasudeva, Weerawansa, Gamanpilla and their views are expendable trash for the Rajapaksas. Received wisdom is that Gota is still the front runner with Chamal a possible second choice; Basil is a sure loser. Someone mumbled in his sleep that the Paksa-camp may nominate Sirisena, but is the UNP going to be gifted with such an easy walkover? 

It seems Gota has left it a bit late; not only must one renounce US citizenship but the State Department must accept it. This is where difficulties may arise as there have been human-rights accusations against him in Geneva and corruption cases are pending in the local courts. Will the US be constrained to monitor these to conclusion before deciding whether an enmeshed citizen can be deemed to be of no interest to the American legal system? And, of course, mischievous plaints can be filed by private parties praying the American courts to defer ratification of renunciation until these issues are resolved. I am no expert and a comment from someone who can explain whether a Gota renunciation of US citizenship could run into delays will be useful. Anything like this will be a blow to the Paksa-camp and cripple its next-to-Mahinda-himself best option. On the other hand, it is also possible that Gota has already set the wheels in motion but the Paksa-camp is keeping it under wraps so that it can string Sirisena along long and fool the pantaloon for as long as it needs to.

Back to non-partisan issues; we have never experienced a runoff presidential poll before but if the impact of two ‘spoiler’ candidates is included this is time it is possible (assuming the constitution remains unchanged). The ‘spoilers’, a JVP nominee and Vigneswaran. Imagine that they poll 7.5% each or 15% between them, leaving the principal contestants from the UNP and the Paksa-camp to battle it for 50%+1 out of the remaining 85%. It is most unlikely that there could be a 50:35split; the gap is too big, so a runoff will be needed. Even if the two (or one or three) ‘spoilers’ bag only 10%, securing a 50:40 split of the remaining vote is not easy. Under these possible complications ‘we the public’ must exercise heightened vigilance to ensure that all is done properly. This will be a third important task on our plate in during the next year.

Sirisena’s death rattle is becoming ever weirder; what is he up to and for what purpose? Delay in Gazetting subject allocation to ministries, twirling provincial governorships, setting up his own committee without whose approval ministers will not be allowed to appoint heads of institutions are some ways in which he is making himself a gadfly biting at the workings of the UNP government. (A vetting process to keep riff-raff out of corporate directorships and chairmanships is in itself a good thing but will not be properly used in today’s intensely partisan atmosphere). Maybe in collusion with the Paksa-camp the objective is to make the country ungovernable discrediting the UNP government during its few months in office. 

Or better still in the Paksa-camp’s mind, would be to force the UNP, in desperation, to agree to parliamentary elections before elections to a current-style presidency. In this case dissolution will have to be forced within months. Come the latter part of the year the focus will shift to the presidency and to pushing out Sirisena. The common position that ‘we the people’ can unanimously endorse is that at a minimum a new president must be in office by January 2020 and a new parliament elected by August the same year. Let this be a minimal fourth imperative.

With what storyline is the Paksa-camp keeping the embers of hope burning in the heart of this avaricious man? Does he imagine that there is a chance in hell that the Paksas will nominate him only to lose the election by a landslide? Or does he calculate that he can hold the Paksas to ransom by threatening to take away the 10% SLFP vote from the SLPP pool? Excessive speculation will serve us no purpose because much is hidden by protagonists on all sides, everyone is lying through their teeth and unforeseen interventions and quirks are likely in the nine months to presidential nomination when Sirisena fades into perpetual obscurity.

Throwing back the challenge to democracy is what the citizenry must do for its own sake, not because of illusions about the UNP’s despicable reputation on rights issues from JR’s time with his adoring nephew Ranil in tow. A timely reminder of JR-style democracy appeared in the Island of 2 January, “Who can save Sri Lanka?” by T.M. Premawardana. It is one of the most inspiring short political articles on Sri Lanka that I have read in recent years. (Translated by Fr. J.C. Pieris, the Sinhala original may be available from thamuprem@yahoo.com); but I don’t want to digress from the theme of this piece.

The huge question mark is whether presidential or parliamentary polls will come first. As the law stands the former must be all done and dusted by January 2020 while parliamentary elections can in theory be deferred till August 2020. (I am not knowledgeable enough to say anything about the long overdue provincial elections). It would be wise to hold back parliamentary elections till after this God-knows-what-to-call-him eccentric is out of the way. To elect a new parliament with a mentally healthy president in office is better for everybody, even the losing side. The UNP will see tactical advantage of not having to campaign with a hostile person in control of the state machine, but that’s not my point. I say ‘we the public’ should exert forbearance and for the common good and see the back of Sirisena before conducting parliamentary election. So far, I have enumerated five responses to the question in my title “How to handle” the next few months.

Lakshman Kiriella has got himself into the business of spewing asinine remarks. He has had an emotional eruption about not being given enough departments to manage (it has been partially rectified). The said Kiriella moans that he “cannot face his supporters” without a bagful of goodies in his basket. He sees a portfolio as a god given right; perish the thought that politicos should be servants of the people! Kurunegala UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara did a capital job in exposing the offer of a bribe of Rs 500 million but when a goodly portfolio was not offered as a santhosam he threatened to “take a tough decision”, presumably desert the UNP. These slime balls have no concept of public duty and the role of the politician as a servant of the people. Nurturing a new breed of politician is more than can be done in a few months so I leave it out of today’s list.

The outcome of the next parliamentary election you can bet is not known even to the corniest astrologer. One year ago, in February 2018, it seemed the Rajapaksa juggernaut was reaching for the stars. The Mahinda-Sirisena antics of the last few weeks has damaged Mahinda’s image, but by how much? Don’t believe anyone, either way, till it is put to the test at the election itself. However, one fundamental task will not go away and is of utmost importance for ‘we the people’; a new constitution repealing the Executive Presidency, ensuring devolution of power to the minorities and strengthening democratic rights beyond 19A’s laudable achievements is an imperative. 

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    Are you being unfair to Ravi Karunanayake by not proposing his name as the possible Party Leader or the Presidential candidate ? Power UNP members RAVOK as their LEader.

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    Typical Kallathoni Mentality. – Ruf off elelction – who cares about the country and the Rs 500 million or so spent for an election. It is not anything of mine. I just milk it as I don’t have anything slese to say mine.
    Since 1933 or so, we have elections – Which election made the country better except appointing one group or the other of British – very loyal subjects the leader and made the Colonials happy. Thye call it democracy and make Kallathonis also happy..

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      Typical Kallathoni Mentality.
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      You proved yourself MAHINDA CHINTHANA which promote nothing else but RACISM.
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      If we need elections, we need to hold them in compliance with the constitional paragraphs.
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      Just becaseu a bunch ROUDY MEN think tha nothing but that is the only way out them to return to power – should be blocked by every means.
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      We need to DRIVE away CURRENT Dictator going beyond the levels being practised by Mugabe or any other arab counterpart of that nature – Sirsena s credibility is fallen to Zero today.
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      Now it is clearer that he would be RAW BURIED even if he missed it in the dawn of 8th Jan 2018. The kind of STUPID, malicious politicians should NEVER be reborn on this country – is my ultimate wish for the sake of all.
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      Holding elections under the LEAD of Rajapakshes were to twist the gulliable MIND set of the innnocient people. He knew that that should be the way if stay in power.
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      But today s context is different, RAJAPAKSHEs donot allow any govt to move forward, so no elections can bring anything clear in this country.
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      Just becasue those idiots won local elections means nothing, people are just misled by false info being spread by local black media.

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    Things are not bad after all after four years. Most heart warming is the protest against black media.yet.the back waters or the villages are the hunting grounds for them and those politicos are strong armed to teeth with goodies and propaganda. The terrain is virtually insurmountable for a citizens movement. There lies the catch 22.

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    Right now, Ranil is selling constitution to the LTTE Tamils, Selling the Abolishing Executive prisidency, that he himself tried to by pushing away his bosses CBK and MS, to the civil society and their cohorts. Again the same people as in Constitution. Then the UnPatriotic NATIONAL party is selling Mnister posts to every three wheeler party, to SLFP and to those UNPers are ready to jump.
    Maithripala Knows Civil society wants him to listen what they say and bend to them and to UNP so they can screw up the Majority inm Sinhale. That is the present Democracy.

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    Thanks for that (typically) intelligent and sensible summing-up of the status quo, Kuman.
    Unfortunately, despite wanting so much to do so, I find it difficult, given recent history, to hold out any hope based on principled conduct by any of our politicians. The few who appear to share a common belief in decency, such as Harsha de Silva and Eran W, seem too timid to take the bit between their teeth.
    What a sad state for any country pretending to the practice of democracy.

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      Interesting to see the fifth column promoting Eran W as a decent fellow. (His father Douglas who died last month was the leading evangelical pastor in Sri Lanka). This is the same group Lasantha Wickramatunga belonged to.As a catholic, I have misgivings about the spread of this group stealthily in Sri Lanka.

      The fifth column would naturally like Eran to take the cue from American, Brazilian and Australian Zionist evangelists who are ‘miraculously’ getting elected in countries with electronic voting, and in others through political coups.

      It is fine Eran to be promoted, as long as he publicly declares his commitment to the cancer of Zionist evangelism that is the latest ‘mega-trend’ swallowing the world. We have more established Christian sects in this country that are quite adequate for our purposes and religious freedom should involve the onus of revealing one’s allegiances to whatever cult they belong to.

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      One should listen to the Economic review and summing up and the Economic discussion by the former Bank chairman (oer the director board) Eran Wickramrathne. I can understand why he gave a bank chairman post and came to politics. But, MC like bo Penthouse Ravi and Eran.

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    Sumanthiram is trying hard to make the next 51 days to get a new constitution with the devolution package proposed by Vellala politicians who are less than 1% of the population on behalf of ‘White Supremacists’ and ‘Koti Diaspora’ approved. Views of a large majority of people in the country have been completely ignored on this issue.
    Draft constitution can contain things that are beneficial to the country and in some instances things that could be detrimental to the country. When a draft is presented as a whole, MPs face a problem in taking a stance because there is no way to separate the goodies. If a draft constitution is put to a referendum, people will also face the same dilemma. Therefore, if possible, different sections/chapters in the draft should be presented separately. Then it is easy to take a decision to accept or reject. Those sections that are rejected can be revised and present again.
    What Ranil and Sumanthiram is trying to do is to sugar coat the bitter pill and see whether Sinhala MPs can be fooled.

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    “I am no expert and a comment from someone who can explain whether a Gota renunciation of US citizenship could run into delays will be useful. “

    Remember what the Last U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, was reported to have told MR when she paid him a courtesy call on him before her departure in June last? Wasn’t she reported to have told him that the US and the West was Not in favour of Gota becoming the President of Sri Lanka? Obviously, she was Not expressing her personal opinion but conveying the Official position of the US. And the US can easily thwart any Presidential ambitions of Gota by merely sitting on any application by Gota to renounce his US citizenship as long as it is necessary.

    It seems that Gota is spending a lot of time in the US since then, perhaps trying to sway the US Official stand. Wonder what sort of clandestine deals he will make Only to become the President of Sri Lanka.

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    I don’t see many problems taking place if a third and fourth strong candidates splitting votes. The final competition is going to be between UNP and Slap Party. It is acceptable that one cannot imagine that Slap Party not placing a candidate.
    This loony may be imagining of Ranil’s last two elections, where he withdrew UNP candidates. That is not going to happen in Slap Party. They want the power even before the Yahapalanaya government’s term is completed. So there is no question of Slap Party withdrawing its candidate in favor of New King. If that happen, it will be the repetition of the Androcles and the Hungry Lion. If the lion let its meal escape, then there will be a big story behind it. The current power struggle was about Mr. O and Mr. N saving each other. If there is something new trend appear in that situation, the lion may let the meal go. But it is still hard to foresee or suggest “how or what” it would the thing that can change the mind of the Slap Party to not to place a candidate.

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    Let’s say Slap Party place a candidate. UNP places candidate. For me, then it appears New King will also go for a run. If those entire ifs meet together in one place, then the first candidate may not get the 50% mark on the first time. The math on that is not area. But what I can say is this can make the second round complicated. Say New King is eliminated in the first round. Then to whom New King would pledge his 10%. To make it easy, even if it is going to make the prediction notoriously wrong, let’s ignore CBK factor. So, all the SLFP votes will be under the control of New King, on that circumstance. Would he become angry at Slap Part for not supporting him and he would ask his voters to vote for UNP? If it is one on one (on the second run) and if Old King is not in the race and Ranil is in the race, Ranil has lot of chance to win that election. So I think the first round light splitting may be disadvantage to Ranil and Second round direct challenge with anybody other than Old King is advantageous for Ranil. So Ranil may want to encourage as much as possible splitters to create a heavy split in the first round and go for the second round and sweep it.

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    When the present day ‘Politicians’ set an Example of, acting only for the Benefit of Themselves, and not for the Welfare of the Country and Her People; what do you expect of the Common Man?
    What happened to the Aspirations of the Politicians of Old, who believed in the Saying “Not for Self, But for All”?

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    Sirisena is now fully under the control of Mahinda Rajapakse. In fact, there is a minor element of truth in his statement about the murder attempt to him. In fact, he must be under death threat from a work colleague in the past (before Jan 2015). He is now almost a dead body.

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    Let the UNP-led alliance make itself credible before one can think of electing its candidate.
    The TNA has lost credibility, thanks to the government.
    What does the JVP owe anyone in this electoral game?
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    I doubt if CVW will play the ‘spoiler’ unless he is put up to it by someone close to MR. Even then he will not poll many votes. His credibility is not what certain Tamil newspapers try to make out. I do not rule Tamil apathy in the N&E.
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    A run-off could be a good thing if it can be forced.

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    Thanks Dr. David. You have warned us about what could happen and given some of the measures can mitigate adverse effects. I want to mention some things you have missed or probably think unwise to mention. Your caution is understandable. You have been already called a Kallathoni in a comment here.

    Sirisena is using Buddhism for his own selfish advantage. He has made Tripitaka a national heritage and now wants to make it a World heritage. I have gone through some of the Suttas and marveled at their deep meaningfulness. It is said that there isn’t a single contradiction or inconsistency in the thousands of Suttas in the Tripitaka. Definitely, there is no equal to it in any other religion in the world. To realize that Buddha discovered all this himself and then gave it out to us using only spoken word not using a single scrap of written material, not a single note, and all through his immense memory, over a period of 40 years, walking thousands of miles is unimaginable.

    Buddha was emphatic that the Dhamma is not just for discussion, debates or logical exercises. It was only for practice – to get away from Smasara. The way Sirisena is getting about, one is tempted to think that even Buddha failed to state some of the ways that the Dhamma can be misused. How can a selfish man who has been full of inconsistencies, contradictions and absolutely no compassion for his people and not an iota of gratitude for his benefactors take it upon himself to protect the Tripitaka, which has been the guiding light for millions for thousands of years? It will stand out in history as the most hypocritical act committed by a Sri Lankan leader for the last couple of centuries.

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      Good understanding abot Buddhism Palani. Buddha had talked far beyond than what theoretical Physics has said.

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        JD
        “Buddha had talked far beyond than what theoretical Physics has said.”
        Can you be more specific about what went beyond and how?
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        Wildly extrapolating the Buddha or for that matter any person of great wisdom does not bring him/her any fresh credit, but makes the one who theorizes look rather silly.

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    This is not a joke, but a topic of conversation over a hot cuppa – why not pu Emil van der Puten as the Common Candidate?

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    Sri Lanka is a land of Sinhala-Buddhists, governed and must continue to be governed by the Sinhala-Buddhists and for the Sinhala-Buddhists – one section thinks.

    Sri Lanka is much more capable than being just a land for Sinhala-Buddhist with all the capabilities to be competitive among its regional counterparts in every aspects – other section thinks.

    We need to vote for a President who thinks the 2nd section’s thought are right.

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    How come no comments have been made on the appointment of DJ as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia

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    Prof Kumar David is welcome to live in his world of wishful thinking.
    Do not expect us to come and live there.
    51 weeks is a long time in politics. The ‘happenings’ of post 26 October shows that we must ‘Be Prepared’.

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    I say straight open that the Seven Judges of the Supreme court USUERPED the PEOPLES SOVERFEIGNITY or what is in Sinhala called JANATHA PARAMADHIPATHAYA which they say have five components. Even if the PResident had a wrong a motive when the situation was very confusing, the only decisionthat president can take is asking the voters to decide. So, in a Fair society every one would be served with the fairness. but, The Supreme court helped 13 or so People or Groups (some with very euqstionalable motives), usurps the PEOPLES’s sovereignity because one SPEAKER and ONE PM both of whom are LEgislaters and one is National LISt, I suppose, influenced the LEGISLATOTS to GO to JUDICIARY who used the MUKRY Constitution to SEIZE the PEOPLES’ sovereignity from People and reward it to the 13 groups or people so that NGO – friendly, International community friendly PM, SPEAKER, NGO and LEgislator could win. EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT WAS WRONG, GIVING IT TO PEOPLE TO DECIDE WAS NOT A BAD IDEA IN A CONFUSING SITUATION. JUDICIARY INVOLVED IN IT. I know JUDGES in countries like cicily or Italy where Mafiosos are prominent JUDGES have got shot in order to preserve th Justice.
    Kumar David has given a clue to that.

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    It is this same gang that same that made south corrupt, not transparent and not accountable by supporting LTTE. Now they try it again. Sri Lanka needs a true Dutugumenu who will take these people head on. Mahinda Rajapakse failed to do that because he is not intelligent and he think only about his Son and the family.

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    President Sirisena’s vote base has dropped from 4% to 1%. This fact will soon sink into what passes for his mind. When that happens he will become livid, go berserk and set fire to everything!

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    My dear Shiromini

    Can van der Puten get one lakhs votes? I doubt it.

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    I have posted elsewhere that the choice of Gota as the next Presidential candidate is a red herring. The Rajapakses are testing the waters.Besides the USA MUST ALSO BE AGREEABLE ,if and when GOTA wants to renounce his Citizenship! True in the aftermath of 2009,just after the LTTE was defeated, GOTAs standing in the Sinhala electorate was high: But the corruption charges relating to the MIG deal ,Murder of journalists, and his White Van adventures has blown holes in his popularity. The Minority vote will not come his way, and as such he is a non-starter.

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      Prediction:
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      Usha Lokubalasuriya will pounce on the penultimate sentence of the response I’ve just posted, and say that I project MCP views as well.

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    Dear Prof. David,
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    Poor Maithripala Sirisena; you seem to have totally written him off as anything other than a lunatic at present. You are right. Let us hope the guy recovers.
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    You have also spoken of the possibility of a run-off – i.e. no candidate getting 50%+1 valid votes after the first round of counting. I, too, have been asking what would then happen; but those have only been in comments on articles, which you may not have seen. I even checked with a guy in the Elections Commission, and even he didn’t know what exactly would happen.
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    The system is that voters can mark a SECOND PREFERENCE and a THIRD PREFERENCE, but few know it. I have explained to those in my circle. Three months later, I have had to explain again to the same people. I don’t think that the total number of voters marking a SECOND preference will amount to even 100K. What happens if, after counting all those votes, nobody has crossed 50%?
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    Will there be a run-off between those placed first and second, each probably having over 5 million votes? If we are required to visit the polling booths for a second time, the system will certainly be understood by all. It happens regularly in France, Brazil, the Maldives, etc.
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    As you say, the possibility will arise if there are three or more strong candidates. To make proper use of the system, the FIRST vote should go to a person of unimpeachable character, who is going to lose. Much more sensible than “spoiling your vote”.

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    Dear Sinhala_Man

    Yes, if neither gets 50% they will consider the preferences

    Due to your incredible pro Tamil stand I must address you as Tamil_Man instead

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      Dear Usha Lokubalasuriya,
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      Correct to say that if “neither” gets 50%, preferences will be considered. (you see, you are still wedded to the notion that there are two known favourites even before polling begins; in fact all 15 or whatever candidates should start the race as equals).
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      The problem is that I have what I think is a well-founded fear that there will be too few people who have cast preferences to haul one of the two front runners up to 50%. So few know that preferences are allowed – I think that you will grant that.

      Run-offs have only two from that point on going forward, although I wont be surprised to find that there is the odd country that allows three or more. Pretty expensive job it would be!
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      Don’t mind the dig at me; I try to understand the Tamil point of view. Severely handicapped by not knowing their language.
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      But back to matter at hand: after all the counting, what happens in Sri Lanka, if neither has reached 50%?

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    “These slime balls have no concept of public duty and the role of the politician as a servant of the people. “
    Well said particularly about Kiriella and Range Bandara, in the present context.
    What we really need is a new breed that can think beyond politics.

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      R.
      Point well taken.
      By the looks of it, the new breed has not been born yet.

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    Minister Kiriella was a disappointed man when he was given good for nothing departments. He cried”How can I face my electorate?”
    This is the problem with all the Sinhalese politicians. Like a fish that cannot survive out of the water so are the Sinhalese politicians.
    Kurunegala UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara is demanding his flesh. He says he turned down a bribe worth Rs.500 million and, therefore, he is entitled to a cabinet portfolio. There are other backbenchers who claim they are coming from the days of JR and they deserve to be appointed as Ministers. The only way out is to appoint every one of them as Non-cabinet ministers.

    After mouthing aloud rape of democracy and rule of law, Ranil has got around a way to appoint MPs as non-Ministers with all the perks except they cannot attend the cabinet. They have to get hold of other Ministers to present cabinet papers on their behalf. That is not a big hurdle.

    They should take a leaf from the TNA. The ITAK has not joined the cabinet since 1949! This must be a record and should find a place in the Guinness book of records! God bless Sri Lanka!

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    My dear Sinhala_Man

    Please read my reply the answer is there:

    “Yes, if neither gets 50% they will consider the preference.”

    Now understand?

    You have nicely ducked my quesiton my dear Tamil_Man. He he he he he.

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      Dear Usha,
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      Well, your reply isn’t totally shorn of ambiguity.
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      Soon after the Jan. 2015 Election, there seems to have been praise for our system:
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      https://www.fairvote.org/sri_lanka_presidential_election_demonstrates_value_and_ease_of_ranking_candidates
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      There seem to be quite a few articles thrown up by Googling:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contingent_vote
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      This gives one the position with admirable clarity, and economy of expression, but still doesn’t tell us what happens if nobody reaches 50%. All that this tells you is that the more generally popular of the two front runners after the results of the first count will get elected.
      He need not have been ahead in the first count.
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      Now let’s see if Usha grumbles about this comment.

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