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Sri Lankan Presidential Elections 2015 – Deception, Dishonesty And Disbelief

By Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe

Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe

Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe

We believe that the Presidential Election in January 2015 is an opportunity given to all people in Sri Lanka to make an important, significant and a creative decision, in respect of the future of their own country and her people. The run up to the election thus far has not been satisfactory or acceptable at all, from the point of view of the people of the country. It appears that the people have been taken for granted and are being treated as objects with no sense of intelligence or ability to understand the reality. Deception, dishonesty and disbelief are all around them.

Therefore we believe that there is an urgent need for a creative code of conduct on the part of all engaged in the election, to be followed at least during the very short time before the election, on the day of the election and in the post- election period.

The violations of the laws of the country in general and especially in respect of the election is unprecedented, than ever before. Violations are done openly and shamelessly with full awareness. It is difficult to believe that any person contesting an election is not aware of the law of the country pertaining to elections. That means that such violations are done consciously and purposely. It is the responsibility of all political parties to ensure that such violations by their own candidates and their supporters are prevented. The voters should be respected and trusted. Opportunity and the environment should be created for them to use their franchise without any force or pressure. Their fundamental right to use and exercise the freedom granted to them by the constitution, should be ensured.

The violation of the laws and especially rigging of elections has not been strange in Sri Lanka. We appeal specially to those in authority to facilitate the environment so that such rigging in all forms is prevented. We have observed in the past that all sorts of excuses have been given by the department of elections and other state departments and institutions, for not being able to prevent such action. Without negatively saying that steps cannot be taken and are not within one’s purview, it is the responsibility of all in authority to positively look for means and avenues within the authority vested in them, to curtail ill-practices. If not the so-called impossibility will remain forever and probably will become part of the accepted norms. The people of the country expect them to refrain from giving excuses and fulfil their responsibility fully, so that the will and the desire of the people will prevail. The voter is aware that the Commissioner of Elections is vested with all authority and power during an election, to ensure freedom and fairness. It is in that confidence that we appeal to the Commissioner of Elections to use all state machinery to prevent any breaking of laws. We also appeal to all candidates and their supporters to honour the laws of the country pertaining to the elections and refrain from any violation, by use of force.

Post-election violence and intimidation are nothing new in our country. The violence, intimidation and force used already during this election, are sufficient for us to call for an assurance from the candidates. True democracy does not accommodate violence. Violence and use of public resources do not speak for free and fair elections. Those who continue to vouch for ‘no violence’ are not only appearing to be, but are definitely blind, deaf, dumb and are dishonest. Such persons should not be entrusted with the governance of our country. Victory should be achieved by playing the game within the accepted rules and norms. No intimidation of one’s opponents should be permitted under any circumstances. Their security has to be ensured. This can only happen if the candidates and their supporters are able to accept with humility, the decision of the people. On the other hand the civil society, the religious groups and other community groups need to come out to prevent such cruelty and viciousness. Whoever is elected will be the President of all Sri Lankans. We are all called to gather together and build our country and the nation.

It is a known fact that undue pressure is brought upon voters by using psychological as well as modern techniques of communication. Spread of fear among ordinary people is a common practice. We have observed with much pain and distress the pollution of the environment, with posters, banners, hoardings, excessively. It is more than what is necessary to communicate a message, there-by again bringing undue pressure on people’s minds. Exhibition of all religious signs, pictures of religious places and personalities for campaign purposes is contrary to decent publicity in a civilized society. I do believe that such action depicts one’s bankruptcy. Does this mean that such persons have already run short of issues and policies to speak about?

The state machinery is entrusted with the task of maintaining law and order and ensuring a peaceful poll. The Police has a special role in this task and the state officers in charge need the corporation of the ordinary people as well as those closely engaged in the polls, to fulfill their duty. It goes without saying that political interference has been increasingly spreading with impunity in the recent past. This is a threat to democratic values and structures that we in Sri Lanka have so sacredly safe guarded over many decades. Our appeal is that all concerned will extend their fullest corporation to the Commissioner of Elections and his team, together with the staff of the Elections Secretariat to conduct a free and a fair Presidential Election without any interference or intimidation.

We look forward to a post-election Sri Lanka with Democracy, Good Governance, Rule of Law, concern for Social Justice and the long awaited Reconciliation and Healing of Memories and the Healing of the History of our nation. It is only then, the people of our country will reap the full benefit of the peace dividend.

May God Bless us all, in the New Year.

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      Oh, bishop,

      You are committing sacrilege just two weeks before Pope arrives. Read the Bible and repent.

      “500 hail Mary’s for this one!

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      Bishop, it is nice of you to condemn all sri Lankans to purgatory under a My3 12 brotherhood dictatorship and wish us all with a “May God Bless us all, in the New Year”.

      this is meaningless. Go to a good priest, confess and repent.

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      sam samare, you were thrown out of singapore for crookedness.Please do not dirty this earth any more.respect other’s ideas and their religion. I know that you indulge in fe……with gnanasara and sell rooms to couples at the hotel at Thunmulla.

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    The manner in which the campaign being carried out with mudslinging, communalism, violence shows the bankruptcy, frustration towards a possible defeat. It is very unfortunate that in Srilanka, supposedly a developing country this kind of disgraceful acts are being committed. It is more important now that all Srilankans make their choice conciously to ensure the elections are free of any corruption and ensure good governance is established.

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      Srilanka is considered as high level of educated nation. Most of the people in Srilanka follow Buddhism which gives a guide how a human being to be behaved. Unfortunately, we couldn’t utilise the important messages from valued education and principled buddhism. It is sad that our education and relegion being exploited by power oriented politicians and so called educated comminity and relegious leaders. The young generation clearly understands the importance of good governance, rule of law and justice and human rights. We don’t need wars, we don’t need discrimination, we don’t need few people enjoy all the benefits while large number of people suffer. It is time for young generation to guide their parents, brothers and sisters to realise the truth about rule of law and justice to all. They are the only people who can bring this change for the nation. This is the time they have to act.

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    Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe –

    RE: Sri Lankan Presidential Elections 2015 – Deception, Dishonesty And Disbelief

    Restricting the Comments only to Sri Lankan Politics, it is about Self-Interest.

    Medamulkana MaRa wants to maintain his Family Dynasty and Dictatorship, by Deception or Fraud. He is getting help from many people..

    There is planned Fraud for the voting..

    With the Fraud, the Medamulana MaRa will win, with stiffed and fraudulent ballot boxes..
    Fake ballot papers found
    SATURDAY, 03

    There there will be Sri Lankan Spring and bloodshed…

    http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8134:fake-ballot-papers-found&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

    A stock of printed matter similar to the official ballot paper has been apprehended in Balangoda area while being transported by a stalwart of the UPFA. This is when there is suspicion in the society whether the election could be free and fair.

    It is suspected that the material has been printed in Government Press. The ballot paper has “SHE 000200-P.E 2015 Government Press PV’ printed on it. The Deputy Election Officer at Ratnapura has begun an investigation regarding the incident.

    Civil organizations including election monitors are concerned regarding the matter as the cage in front of the ‘betel leaf’ has been crossed. Meanwhile, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa states he would somehow or other win the election and various election violations and frauds that take place are being revealed.

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      Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe –

      RE: Sri Lankan Presidential Elections 2015 – Deception, Dishonesty And Disbelief

      Expose, Expose and Expose…Everywhere.. in all channels…

      All Sri Lankans and others who are at other places in this planet should use the social media such as Facebook, Twitter, U-Tube and others to spread the word why Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa (MaRa) should not be returned to power to continue the Family Hegemony..

      https://twitter.com/Amarasi69467474

      Do you want to Re-elect a Demon, a Satan, a Lucifer as the President?

      Video: Mahinda admits he’s a demon!

      Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election speeches indicate that he has become confused as his defeat at the presidential election is getting more and more apparent.

      He used to have a Teleprompter in his earlier campaigns but now he has abandoned it and has started talking incomprehensibly.

      Addressing the rally held at Appadurai Stadium in Jaffna yesterday (2nd) Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was a demon and Mr. Maithripala Sirisena was an unknown angel.

      PS. Why did the Pope accept the demons’s invitation? Strange bedfellows.

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      “Medamulkana MaRa wants to maintain his Family Dynasty.”

      How nice. We need to hold on to winning rulres when we find them.

      The great king Dutugemunu and Parakramabahu VI, both ruled for life after uniting the country under one flag.

      That is what we want, right?

      We don’t want Don juan Dharmapalas who betray us to foreigners. Ranil W is the reincarnation of Don Juan, minus the back bone.

      We don’t wnt him, never.

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    Do you want that re-colonized which people of Sri Lanka dominated by Western Power to activated their Pivot Asian policy led by US?

    The so-called ‘Good governances’, ‘Rule of Law’ and ‘Social justice’ that are NOTHING, NEW to us; these slogans are by and large the Neo-colonial agendas of US and UN led world hegemony forces to surrender our national sovereignty and economic Indepencace and its development.

    Ours version of democracy will be undermine and misled public by sugar coated bullets like similar fake type democracies slogans. Healing of history of Our nation cannot achieve that miscreation policies by Hegemony agendas of that ‘dishonest and disbelieve’ by writer theological teaching .

    Write has learn lesson that ours History of Independence developing nations like that Sri- lanka, goes back, it roots 2600 years of History.

    The Buddhist Philosophical roots our nation, which were that more independently by own ours civilization.

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      Yatawara mahathmaya,

      You sound so lost and confused. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

      May you find peace.

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        What a patronising little conspiratorial old fart.

        No hoper in canada, No hoper in Sri Lanka.

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      “Write has learn lesson that ours History of Independence developing nations like that Sri- lanka, goes back, it roots 2600 years of History.”
      How did the animal penetrate the woman ? the dog shot?

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    Rigging of the Election is a real possibility. It is for the christian community to play their part. It is polling representatives of parties must have the participation of the clergy. Exit polls have to be organised in a non bias manner. A voting list has to be stratified to show the people without NIC s. There could be attempt to gather NIC s. Real time data should be available with polling representatives. critical voters, the aged,the sick.non voters should be identified. Citizens should report such matters in advance.

    All of us also should be on alert for a Military take over. The Military hold power in all areas in Society. We must appeal in advance that the Military stay in barracks after the elections. Delaying of Election results should not be allowed. Early projections should be available. Most of all we should pray for a peaceful and fair election. Our God is able.

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    Thank you Bishop Ilangasinghe.

    Jeevan

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    …the question is, did Arch Bishop Malcolm Ranjith,either voluntarily or
    by necessity, or bcz of obligation for his nieces diplomatic appointment for which she was not qualified, allow himself to be used as a tool to
    influence his flock to vote for the government in power ????
    If indeed he did,as it would seem so, then he is a rascal in an ermine cassock!
    As the good Bishop says, the Rule of Law,Good Governance,Healing and
    Reconciliation is the only way to bring back Sri Lanka to those good
    old days of a lovely land with lovely peoples – be they Sinhalese,
    Tamils, Muslims,Burghers or anything else.
    Let us bury this talk of separation as a very bad memory in the history of the land! Having achieved this , may the Heavens smile on SRI LANKA!!

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    Mr Navin I always clear my mind set ,I have wrote few lines of certain comments of writer.

    1 The Time of which ….’Good Governances’ go came into being change King shifted into Parliament by 1264 Simon de Montfort that transforming of King advisory council into beginning of a TRUE represtantitive assembly of the PEOPLE. This first appearances of the COMMONS. Therefor this is nothing struggle against absolutism on dictroaship of Monarchists by dynastic Sri Lankan family rule by is assonance, hence similar to the rule & ruin by UNP Ranil W…and CBK family dynasty over 60 years of our tiny ISLAND.

    2 The Right of Petition 1628.which was against House of Stuart.
    Read history of England that has shown us ,that entirely, how and when ‘Good Governance, Rule of Law and social Justice..’ came into existence of Modern World history of Democracies politics.
    By and large Presidential election 2015 that assured by MR ruling alliance that guaranteed sovereignty of PEOPLE OF Sri Lanka

    3 The effect of the Habeas Corpus Act 1679.That Rule of Law had been roots Democracies’; that origin and development present ongoing valued accepted by Sri lanka, ruling class and their parties under MR ruling alliance since 2005.

    4 The Bill of Rights 1689 by English Parliament; that staring point of People’s sovereignty by People governs history Rights of Sovereignty in English Parliamentary mode of Democracy.
    In case of our Nation democracy is concern that Social Justice and Good Governances in Sri Lankan since 2005 by MR ruling alliances had been ensure and enrich People social justices .

    Even after defeated of Ruthless Tamil terror of LTTE 2009 May, that MR ruling alliance had been guaranteed Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Tamil and Muslims people of Sri lankan.

    No need to say there is No ‘rule of law or good governances’ in during MR ruling alliance since 2005 in Our country by writer ‘divine concept Democracy !

    What is role of MR ruling alliance, that did defeated of LTTE Tamil Terrorist that was the REDRESS OF WRONGS by UNP of 17 years and CBK 11 years misruled of WAR TONE-GUN RULE POLITICS that undermine ” Good Governances” of Sri lanka, that 30 years WAR.

    The politics of WAR of since 1977 to 2004 which that UNP-Ranil.W.. and CBK rule of politics that was lucrative business of Local political class and US led War oriented pivot Asia policies.

    We don’t want regain MS covered operation, again restoration of War Turn Politics of Our island. That is why we want elected and selected MR as President for another Term of Good Governance of Democracy in Sri lanka after 2015 election.

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      Yatawara, what had not been fed upon is human flesh Ha HA HA

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