18 November, 2019

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Who Is Most Likely To Win?

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

“When there’s no worthwhile banner, you start to march behind worthless ones.” ~ Victor Serge in Memoirs of a Revolutionary’

It is a charged, charmless finish line by a professional political commentator. It is also a clear, unequivocal statement that an astute political commentator could make, the kind of wordplay that Mario Puzo would have devised for his ‘Godfather’s consiglieri.  

“……. based on my knowledge and experience as a professional journalist and political commentator in Sri Lanka, Mr. Rajapaksa is currently the candidate most likely to win the presidency in the December 2019 election.”

This consequential pronouncement appears in an affidavit given by a professional journalist in support of the motion filed by defendant’ Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s lawyers who seek to stay the proceedings before United States District Court in California on grounds that the proceedings will disrupt their client’s politicking in distant Sri Lanka.

I must confess, that on reading the news report, I felt devastated. Being ignored is hurtful. Gotabaya’s lawyers should have contacted me for a more explicit affidavit which I would have gladly proffered with some of my own observations on a possible Gotabaya presidency.   

Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero. That does not prevent me from saying I told you so. 

In an essay captioned ‘Specter of Gotabaya’ published in the Colombo Telegraph on 15th March 2018 I predicted this turn of events. 

Please allow me to brandish my foresight recorded in these columns eighteen months ago. 

In that essay I said, “unless, this parliament succeeds in abolishing the executive presidency, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will surely end up the supreme law giver of this blessed island. And worse, it will be in the guise of redeemer of the Sinhala Buddhist tribe” 

The purpose of this essay is not to dispute the conclusion of the political commentator or to assess how the statement would impact the legal drama unfolding in the adopted fatherland of the candidate. 

That said, it would be churlish to dismiss the constitutive plausibility of the conclusion reached by the political commentator with that brilliant escape hatch ‘most likely’. The statement is an exceptional summary of the crisis politics of our land. 

In this age of omnipresent, or I should say positively pervasive media, reality is what one perceives it to be from a given vantage.  In addition to newspapers and television, our cellphones supply a relentless flow of information. 

Let us be honest. The Gotabaya for president campaign has a substantial handle of control over creating its own statist narrative of modernism, nationalism and religious conservatism. 

The political commentator in his affidavit makes a pointed reference to the ongoing indecisive and often chaotic debate in what he considers the other political alternative – the UNP. 

He has chosen to ignore the declared candidate of the National People Power Movement. 

The power elite behind Gota’s candidacy seems to think that they are ahead in the game. An assumption which in my humble opinion that is not at all farfetched. 

This is an appropriate time for me to revise some of my own mistaken notions. I firmly believed that we should elect parliamentarians informed and educated. I don’t hold that view anymore. I have heard enough from Lawyer Ajith Perera and Economist Harsha de Silva to prefer reformed chain snatchers and distillers of illicit brews. 

Lawyer Ajith and Economist Harsha have not only failed to grasp the contents of the 19th Amendment but have decidedly come out as stubborn proponents of executive presidentialism.  

The presidentialism introduced in 1978 has over the years developed into what Max Weber the German sociology pioneer called ‘Sultanism’. 

Max Weber borrowed the term from a form of governance that was familiar to his age. The Ottoman sultanate of Turkey.  He developed the concept based on a ruler’s whims and fancies primarily based on unrestrained, unbound personal discretion- a form of oriental despotism.

 It is that feature of Presidentialism that captures the imagination of our hidebound monks cloistered in feudal monastic fiefdoms. 

Presidentialism and Democracy are not reconcilable. That is the simple idea behind presidentialism. Presidentialism tames the mob and drives the herd. 

JRJ converted the aberration of a five sixth majority under the first past the post system into a presidency and a neo sultanate. He sought a presidential election by disenfranchising his main opponent. He preserved the aberration of a five sixth majority by the expedient of a brazenly corrupt referendum. 

Presidentialism is what 18th century thinkers devised to replace tyrannical kings. They adopted presidentialism to represent national authority in place of the crown. In Britain and France, the people did not stop at deposing the king. They chopped off the king’s head.  

We do not know what awaits us in the form of other presidential candidates. 

The banter in the lounges of the ‘Royal Colombo Golf club indicates a general idea that the Rajapakse family is an indispensable factor in our march to modernity. 

That is not surprising. Their idea of modernity is bizarre to say the least. They spend nearly one and half hours in traffic to get to office from their suburban homes. That daily waste of time and fuel is more than compensated by their ability to get to play golf at Hambanthota Shangri-La on weekends using the highway to Matara. 

Mahinda ‘the magnificent’ has now spoken in favour of his chosen successor. 

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa rendered yeoman service during his tenure as Defence Secretary. People can expect the same efficiency and effectiveness if he assumes the presidency,” 

Referring to current president Sirisena’s observation that the 19th amendment has curbed the powers of the presidency he has tellingly declared that wielding power depended on the capacity and capability of the wielder of presidential power. 

Mahinda knows what he is talking about. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, in 1902 to be precise, the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov introduced the idea of classical conditioning to the study of animal behavior. He did not realize then that his experiments would come handy to populist autocrats. 

Pavlov found that his dogs were so used to him bringing them treats every time he walked in the room that they would salivate at the sight of him, even when he wasn’t in possession of anything edible. 

There is a ‘Pavlov’ running for president. We are looking at this world through eyes of Pavlovian dogs!  He is the ‘most likely to win’ says one possible picnicker counting on Pavlov’s biscuits.  

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    Dear Mr Sarath de Alwis,
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    I agree that right now Gota is the front runner. But
    his path has not been cleared yet. And if even the village Sinhalese voter (I live in a village) feels that all has not been clean in complying with the requirement that a foreign national cannot contest, many will desert this known mass murderer. Our people are sick of all this blood-letting.
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    Add to that Kumara Welgama who is a proud and stubborn guy, and the many alternatives, starting with the JVP, not all is certain. Yet, I agree that Gota is the favourite.
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    Maithripala is a lunatic right now, quite unpredictable but there is the grouping around Nagananda that none of you pundits seem to take seriously. I’ve been listening to hours of Youtube, and calling a Mobitel number that I obtained from the web. We’re so used to the now-familiar face of Nagananda that only those following him regularly realise that the actual candidate could be somebody quite different. If he is replaced with some impressive yet untainted professional, enthusiastically backed by the rest of the team, the contrasting with the chaotic UNP would be remarkable.
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    The Preferences, ONE, Two and Three will be important, but yes, Gota could yet win with only about 40% after Preferences are counted.

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      S_Man,
      I cannot agree with both Sarath & you. I do agree that there was a sudden bubble of hope about MaRa right after the 21/04 incident caused by the feeling of insecurity but that excitement is losing its steam on every passing day. Reemergence GoRa’s brutal criminal past backed by Welgam’s own confirmations of them along with the revelation of MY 3’s failure by PSC hearings are the main reasons. Besides, I doubt whether a majority of voters ever considered that MaRa/GoRa’s so-called “modernity” projects were success. Nearly idle Matthala airport & Suriya Weva stadium stands as giant witnesses to the mega failures of “vanity projects”.

      With the emergence of the “Citizenship Gate (=scandal)”, the evening “copi kade’ ” talks on GoRa has now taken a negative trend. That doesn’t mean he would lose the core SLPP votes but I have serious doubt whether GoRa can reach the last PS election results at all. Elpitiya PS election will be ultimate litmus test. If SLFP also decide to contest separately with Welgama attacking GoRa in the campaign trail while Sajith making some inroads into the grass-root votes, I expect that the winning margin in Alpitiya to be very narrow. This will be a huge blow to GoRa’s presidential hopes!

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        Sarath de alwis is a great treat to read because he id s slave to none and also enjoys a fine turn of phrase.

        Sinhala_Man had touched on Nagananda. The latter enjoys little support from the media. Recently I witnessed him bring bullied at a TV talk show and treated almost patronisingly by the interview panel. Never mind the languag, but Nagananda should revert to sinhala in such programmes and give full vent to his thoughts which can be held in check through the constraints he may face through the English language.

        The uncaring nature of the idle rich given to the pleasures of creature comfort over a good country, with strong Institutions and good principles of governance , will cost its people plenty, one day.

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      SM,

      You sound to be very naive these days. I really dont know why you guys make predictions about the winner even if not even all parties have revealed their PE nominees yet.
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      I have no doubt Mr Nagananda K or any candidate from CIVIL society would be the elect. N doubt about that. And the fact that all surveys prove that no traditional parties would have chance to score over 50% this time because both parties are made jokers to the majorty of floating voters.
      Floating voters together with minority voters are the crucial factors of SRILANKEN elections.
      So, knowing that Rajaksehs would never get the support of Muslims and Tamils, how can you guys make predictions about the VICTORY of Gota.
      Besides, even MEDIA men are totally against GOTA even if they wet their pants. All is because of life threats. Sirasa will have to reveal this to the nation in coming days.
      I dont think the media men will stay that feared in coming days.

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        Dear Buramphisincho,
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        Mine was a pessimistic “prediction”.
        It is certainly not what I wish. As you say, “why you guys make predictions about the winner even if not even all parties have revealed their PE nominees yet?”
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        What do I really wish to see happening? Here goes:
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        Some of us have been trying to get a civil society candidate elected – and run into the argument that voting for Nagananda means “a wasted vote”. Please inform all acquaintances that this is far from being the case. Each voter has THREE Preferences which can be exercised. Let me provide you with some observations which may help you to clarify issues when trying to explain all this to your associates. To keep this simple and clear, these are the results of five London Mayoral Elections since a new system was introduced in the year 2000. A voter had two Preferences, not three as in the Sri Lankan Presidential Election. The graphs are very helpful in making clear what happened.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_mayoral_elections

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        If you don’t have time to read all that follows, stop now.

        Not once has anybody got 50% of First Preferences of total votes cast. Just now, I myself calculated what happened in 2000 A.D. The winner did not get 50% of the total votes cast even after the Second Preferences were counted.

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        PART 2
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        I just made this calculation myself: Total number of valid votes cast: 1,715,162 (i.e over 1.7 million)

        Of them, with Preferences added, Ken Livingston got 776,417 votes.

        That represents 45.268% of the valid votes. I haven’t bothered to make that particular calculation for the other four elections.

        In the Sri Lanka System, although there are three preferences, there will be only two rounds of counting. Suppose there are 20 candidates and that this is the order in which they merge after the First Preferences are counted: A,B, C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L etc. They will be in 20 piles, no doubt. Nobody has got 50%. But the focus will be on A and B who alone stand a chance of winning.

        Now, the votes of the already defeated are going to be looked at. If somebody has expressed a preference for either A or B then the vote goes to that candidate. If somebody has a Second Preference for A, and a third for B, then that vote goes to A. Similarly, if the voter has First Preference for B, and Second for A, then that vote goes to B. In deciding the winner, A of B, it doesn’t matter whether his votes were First, Second, or Third Preferences. They carry equal weight.

        Mahinda Deshapriya had a 4 minute Youtube, in Sinhalese, in which he explained the counting, and I myself considered all sorts of hypothetical situations in response to what Kumar David had suggested voting first for JVP and next for the UNP nominee. I can’t find either of those now.

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        PART 3
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        What matters is that if you really want a candidate to win (in my case Nagananda) I must give him First Preference, because he must be hauled into at least Second Place on First Preferences. If that hasn’t happened, it doesn’t matter in what order I have voted for my Second or Third Preferences. If A or B is among them, it’ll get counted. If I have voted for both A and B, my second preference is what will be counted.

        The instructions that must go out from the Nagananda camp, when going house to house, must, therefore, be, “We’d like your First Preference. Give your other Preferences to any other candidate. If there is another whom you like more, it’s sad, but give us your Second Preference. If you are determined that one of the seeming victors must be kept out, because he’s such a Horrible Man, vote for the guy who seems most likely to defeat the Horrible Man.”

        The more Preference Votes cast, the better and fairer the result.

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        PART 4
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        In this contest, where for most of us, the SLPP is the “Horrible Candidate”, and the UNP best placed to defeat them, it doesn’t matter whether you give them the 2 or 3rd Preference. There is only one danger in doing this: that the country votes so heavily for the JVP, Nanaganda, and some others, that the UNP doesn’t get into Second place, and that the JVP or Nagananda gets in Second, but is incapable of catching up with Gota of the SLPP. Since not many expect that the UNP will fail to get in to at least 2nd Place, this wouldn’t matter to most voters, who in any case are fed up with the UNP by now.
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        Buramphisincho, you may think me pessimistic again. It’s just that I want Nagananda to win so much that I get fearful of failure.

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        What has to be overcome is in this election is this claim that a vote for a seemingly “alternative candidate” is “a wasted vote.”

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      Sarath de alwis is a great treat to read because he id s slave to none and also enjoys a fine turn of phrase.

      Sinhala_Man had touched on Nagananda. The latter enjoys little support from the media. Recently I witnessed him bring bullied at a TV talk show and treated almost patronisingly by the interview panel. Never mind the languag, but Nagananda should revert to sinhala in such programmes and give full vent to his thoughts which can be held in check through the constraints he may face through the English language.

      The uncaring nature of the idle rich given to the pleasures of creature comfort over a good country, with strong Institutions and good principles of governance , will cost its people plenty, one day.

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        Dear Justice and Fairplay
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        This may be the T.V. talk show that you refer to:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0WvKIPygJE

        I’m seeing this on the 13th September, 2019. A certain Samantha Mihirani has said a week ago, “ඇයි මේ වැඩ සටහන සිංහලෙන් කරේ නැත්තේ” and others have followed suit, complaining that they can’t understand and that it must all be in English. I have to tell her that while I sympathise with her, we have to reach out to all Sri Lankans. See it from the Tamil listeners’ point of view. They probably understand almost nothing of what goes on in this country. I myself don’t know a word of Tamil; unfortunate, but true.

        This inadequacy of their English is part of the pathos facing the majority of Sri Lankans. We need to interact with the rest of the world. However, the unnecessary prestige accorded to English, gives an advantage to “the Old Green” (his own words here), Wasantha Senanayake in the discussion here. That has to be accepted as a fact of life. However, Wasantha’s inconsistencies, during his political life, cannot be swept under the carpet.

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          PART 2
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          Compared with his performance, I think that Nagananda Kodituwakku comes through as a man who is totally sincere in his commitment despite all the constraints he is under. He hesitated to give us the names of the seven members of his team already announced. He mentioned Dr Ranil Senanayake; the next name was almost inaudible, but I was able to conjecture that it was this man:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandima_Gomes
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          That was because of what I had picked up elsewhere. And so it goes on. Please look at this more recent Youtube programme. His own people are asking him uncomfortable questions:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7k_lQlMEdc

          Yes, it sounds damning at first sight. He just can’t provide convincing answers to some questions that he is asked because it is such an uphill struggle that he has on his hands. This is the time to rally round and help him. Not everything can be done by him.

          I’ve looked at the other comments. There is great admiration for Nagananda, and trust. Not backed by solid arguments. “Naveen Kumarasinghe” has said “4 days ago (edited) Excellent English Naga. Your choice of words reflects your knowledge.” Dear “Justice and Fairplay”, I agree. We have to respect the right of these people to express admiration in ways that we may find strange. Yes, Nagananda’s knowledge and commitment are great, and also his fluency in English, given his antecedents.. I’d wager any bet that his children speak perfect British English, but Naveen, Nagananda has not only knowledge, but also is genuinely a man of the people, not an elite. A man we can be proud of. One who is honest and straightforward.

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        PART THREE
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        Angelita Perera and Stanley Gunaratne:
        we never had an education system in this country where everybody had access to English. I get the feeling that all those who have commented here would like to be able to use this rather confusing foreign language, but are unable to understand how we have got into this mess. May I suggest that all of you read through this article by a Tamil whom I had never heard of. He writes beautifully, that will help because I know that sometimes you are at a loss to discriminate between good writing and poor:

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/how-we-came-to-this-pass-iii/
        As he says there, those who had advantages owing to the “kaduwa” that they wielded did not want English to spread everywhere, and sabotaged the efforts of C.W.W. Kannangara, who was sincere in wanting the knowledge of English to spread, although Education was to be in the two Swabasha languages. Two, not one, as Dr Colvin R. de Silva famously reminded us. The villains: ” between 1944 and 1956 Jayawardene and Bandaranaike” ruined those plans. Ironically, it has become commonplace for many to praise J.R. Jayawardene for supposedly bringing English back after 1977, and there is a vague belief that Kannangara’s free education was what led to the decline of English. All absolute tosh, but will this ever be confessed by those who are currently privileged?

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        PART FOUR

        It will be improper for me to say certain things that I know of some of the participants in this discussion. They seem to realise that Nagananda is far superior to them in his ethics, and in his ideals, but they seem to regard him as an idealist who is foolishly sincere in espousing the lot of the common man. These people talk smoothly, but beware it is only at election time. To “deepani abeynayake” and “G. Gamamge” who has responded to her, I say that you are right, but it is now upto Nagananda’s many supporters here to understand that his great popularity on Facebook should be taken forward by clearly informing all the people whom you know what election is all about.
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        Luke Garcia, I think that your response to T.k is excellent. However, once the elections are over (we’re all hoping that Nagananda will indeed be the winner), be prepared for roadblocks. I’m sceptical about the Nagananda constitution being accepted. Don’t brand everybody who is different from you as being nasty. We have to live with them. You don’t like people using English within the country. Yes, it’s odd, isn’t it?
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        Well, you are complaining in English, and I’m responding in English, which has become my virtual first language. I know only two languages, but it is true that a language like Spanish would probably be easier to learn because of better internal organisation. On the other hand, let us see the advantages that English holds out for us. It is the most widely used of all languages, and if you count all its Second Language Speakers it is used by more people than any other.

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    Sarath: Are you the picnicker counting on Pavlov’s biscuits.? We have identified the “Picnickers” already. You too can identify them easily. Those “Picnickers” are not in the class of “Have Not” but have “Enough & More”; but mortally scared of “Karma” that follow them. So for all of them a “Monster Pavlov ” has emerged and they the “Picnickers” are counting not much on “Biscuit” but a “Shanthikarma” to escape the onset of “Evil Karma” that would fall , if some other “Pavlov” would emerge and “Re-collect” all the “Biscuits” that they have collected and hidden for safety. So, simply you must change that “Pavlov”, Picnicker & Biscuit” story to fit it into the present day “Pavlov” – The “Biscuit” collector who look for the “Picnickers” .who STOLE the “Biscuits” from the People.. So, shouldn’t we have a “Modern Day Pavlov? Worth the try. Isn’t it?

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      Douglas,
      Except for a few who are blinded by the “red glare”, majority of voters have long realized the “Modern Day Pavlov” doesn’t carry biscuits with them. How could they buy biscuits for others when a majority of them can’t support even their own families unless they grab cream crackers we eat without cheese (I’m talking about the so-called NPPM)?

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    Who Is Most Likely To Win? – Too early. As of now, seems like UNP if Sajith contests, since both, Gota & SP seem to have almost the same strength among the rural Sinhalese. Urban votes, Civil society backing, minorities, media backing (not just Hiru & Ada Derana), the youth votes will be important factors, and I believe these would mostly favor the candidate from UNP.

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    Anyone other than Ranil Wickramasinghe.

    Soma

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    Why would Anyone want to be a President, who is just a Figurehead?
    Why not wait for the General Election and Aspire to be Prime Minister?

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    For this Pavlovian dog, it will be “palamuva mavubima devanuwa biscuits” if we go by the famous slogan of the red shirts (which has now worn grey a bit though).

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    Sarath, I think you have presented Pavolovian politics of Lanka in nutshell. This is not just today but practiced in the name of socialism and democrazy since independence. Then we have hundreds of so called political experts involved in heated discussions and debates on this SHAM SHOW called elections. Lankans are a funny lot. When facts are presented they label it as anti patriotism/ anti nationalism. But there are few willing and daring, to continue do so. Prof. Laksiri says member of EC should not question the body in public, about what he thinks inappropriate. Yesterday Sumanthiran in the presence of RW told public in Jaffna , that the library was burned down by UNP government and people who were under RW were involved . He also said Municipal building was destroyed by our very own army. The pavlovian dogs will not like such facts to be told in public. Rajapaksas election message to minority is “we killed your whole family just to save few of your relatives “. Try telling this in hundred different ways, it just dosent bring the dead back to the grieving family.

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      Sarah and others predicting a “possible Gota victory”. Remember the minority vote that propelled Sirisena. No Minority vote for him. Gota’s propaganda machinery is workin overtime. He is also solely depending on MR’s so called ‘charisma’. Today the voter is much more aware and informed. We need to expunge the Madamulana Clan from Politics. A new face will definitely have pulling power. This country needs a radical and brave change. Only the voter can do it. Let us all cry for “CHANGE”.

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    “Lewis: People want leadership. And in the absence of genuine leadership, they will listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership, Mr. President. They’re so thirsty for it, they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.
    Sheperd: Lewis, we’ve had Presidents who were beloved, who couldn’t find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty, Lewis. They drink it because they don’t know the difference”.
    Above quote from the movie “The American President” is exactly what has happened in our country. We need genuine leaders, not despots from the same family. Despotism ended centuries ago in the world, are we going to bring it back? We need new thinking, the old flock should go. It applies to UNP too. Though Sajith is relatively younger he was groomed in the same old school type with a family background of corruption and atrocity. No ingenuity, novelty in him. With full of colourful threads around his wrist, checking “suba horaawa” for everything, consulting soothsayers and with a very status conscious wife, what can the country expect? As he himself claims he will destroy the forests and make this small island to a concrete jungle by building more temples. Do we need more temples, or churches or mosques in this country? By increasing the places of worship do people get better? The opposite has happened. Though it is not the best option, AKD will be the best option available.

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    Reading tea leaves on who is going to win is an utter waste of time. It is easiy to predict.
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    The record of the Yahpalana clique since 2015 has made sure that the victory will be a ‘cake walk’ anyone nominated by Mahinda Rajapakse.
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    This will be the reality wheter anyone regrets or not!

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    I think Ranil Wickremasinghe will be the winner. Eventually Sajith Premadasa will withdraw from contesting the Presidential election. Maithripala Sirisena’s evil sabotage will be exposed very soon.

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    I think Ranil Wickremasinghe will be the winner. Eventually Sajith Premadasa will withdraw from contesting the Presidential election. Wit and see that Maithripala Sirisena’s evil sabotage will be exposed very soon.

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    All these are just guesses. Generally, people predict the victory of their favorites. In any case, the best way to predict the winner is the scientific method. Mainly, the steps are to select a suitable, representative sample and take a poll. The poll data may then be analyzed using statistical methods and the results published.

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      edwin rodrigo, Hurrah, You found the evasive answer!

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      Edwin Appu, Long time No see, we thought Rajaakshes or any others may have abducted you.
      Hope youa re feeling well.
      We somehow missed you in this and other forums. Are u alright ?
      I dont think even if Rajapakshes BPs go on saying that they would be the winner, they would get elected in upcoming PE. People are no stupdier as appeared to be.
      I dont give any support to any traditional parties, Nor would I support JVP. But any candidate coming from CIVIL society for sure.

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        Edwin as a Candidate: Hi Sam, I missed you guys too. What happened is that I requested long leave for 6 months from my boss in Bahrain and since he did not approve that I resigned from my job there intending to contest the Presidential elections as an Independent candidate. So, as you can see, I was all dressed up, with socks and running shoes before other candidates like Sajith (who had only shoes but no socks yet).
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        Now you know the rest of the story. Knowing very well that none of the others would stand a chance with me in the race, they changed the rules. Now I am unable to contest.
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        It is so unfair for the country and its people that a saviour like me cannot contest, when even Kalaveddahs, or those who closely resemble them are being considered.

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          Great piece of humour Edwin. Keep it up.

          This is a side you have failed to exhibit before.

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