Vote early – EC
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya urged all voters to visit polling stations as early as possible today (17) to cast their vote with a valid ID.
“The vote is your right, vote is your power. Therefore it is the duty of citizens to exercise their right.” Elections Commissioner further pointed out.
The Commissioner also said he would not hesitate to annul the results of any polling station where irregularities or election law violations were reported.
Over 15 million voters will exercise their franchise today at the General Elections 2015 to elect 225 members to the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka. Out of the 225 representatives in Parliament, 196 members are elected from the electoral districts while the remaining 29 members are appointed from the National List.
A total of 6,151 candidates are in the fray from 501 political parties and Independent groups.
A total of 15,044,490 registered voters in 22 electoral districts are eligible to cast their ballots today, in the country’s 15th General Election since 194
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Exit polls conducted on randomly chosen voter samples at close of campaign indicate at least 140 of the 196 seats available to a dominant political party.
I leave it to the reader to guess which the party is.
With 140 voted-in parliamentarians and at least 20 of the 29 spots available for nomination, someone is gaining power with 2/3rds majority without minority party support.
We are in for a 5 year tumultuous period with tyrannical rule.
“someone is gaining power with 2/3rds majority without minority party support.
We are in for a 5 year tumultuous period with tyrannical rule.”
No you are utterly wrong. If some one gets 2/3 majority and the election has been free and fair, that means only one thing. The public have spoken- LOUD and CLEAR! It does not matter who, including minority parties, can not digest it. If it is the democratic mandate, everybody has to respect it, accept and obey it.
Those who do not like (I do not know what party is going to win) must shut up and let the new government to work for the term it is appointed without constant harassment like what happened to Rajapaksha government after the end of the war. When it is the time for the next election campaign, those who do not like this public mandate have the time to go and have their say and campaign again.
In the meanwhile, if illegal things, unconstitutional things happens they should resort to the law and go to the judiciary with evidence instead of stirring up the public disharmony and agitation.
My words have come true.
The UNP with the Mathreepala faction of the SLFP is destined to gain a 2/3rds majority.
This will lead to a destruction of the Rajapaksha family rule.
Corruption will be rife and the FCID will be a terrorising instrument in the hands of the rulers.
Champika Ranawaka is destined to be in a frustrating position. His political ambitions however, may be on the rise being given the remnants of the SLFP to reform and build.
But the UNP is destined for two 5 year terms and will experience leadership challenge in its second term.
Sajith Premadasa is a write off; he wasn’t able to demonstrate headway in Hambantota.
Ruwan Wijewardena steps firmly into a succession role. After all, the UNP has been an uncle, nephew party from day 1.