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Sri Lanka to hold Presidential election on Jan. 23.

Monday, 23 November 2009 - 9:10 PM SL Time
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday afternoon signed a proclamation setting January 23 as the date for Presidential election.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today decided to hold the next Presidential Election and issued instructions to his Secretary, Lalith Weerathunga with regard to gazetting the Presidential proclamation to enable the Commissioner of Elections to conduct the poll , a report on the Government Information Department web site ( said.

Under the Constitution, the President can call for a presidential election once the incumbent completes four years of the six-year term.

The Opposition too gearing up for a presidential election was evident from a statement Issued by Karu Jayasuria, Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

With a presidential poll in the air, we have already witnessed the hasty transfers of several high ranking policemen which can only be a harbinger to the violence and abuse of state property that is to surely follow once the polls are announced.

We appeal to police officials to stay the course and enforce the laws of this land to the best of their ability. We urge you to heed your personal consciences when carrying out orders even though they may come from a superior officer if those orders are at odds with justice and morality, refrain from carrying them out. It is your bounden duty to act according to your conscience at this critical poll, to ensure that democracy and the rule of law prevails , the statement said.

A few days ago Mr. Wickremesinghe was named as the leader of the newly constituted 18-party United National Front (UNF). The former Prime Minister is on record that the alliance headed by him could consider nomination of the just retired General Sarath Fonseka as a consensus Presidential candidate to take on the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa only if the former Army chief endorsed a 10-point common minimum programme with abolition or substantial dilution of powers of the Executive Presidency as a key component.

The retired General is more than willing to take a political plunge and is going out of his way to convince the sceptics in the opposition camp on how he could serve their interests the best.

He told English paper Island that he was ready to negotiate with Opposition political parties regarding any conditions for nominating him as the common presidential candidate.

The General maintained that in keeping with his policy, he could discuss with Western People s Front leader Mano Ganeshan, MP his conditions to facilitate an agreement. Both the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the UNP have already initiated negotiations with Fonseka though there is final agreement.

Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe last Wednesday said that Fonseka s nomination as Presidential candidate was subject to his acceptance of the UNF s ten-point policy statement. Mano Ganeshan has subscribed to the UNF s statement.

Among the conditions put forward for Fonseka s candidature are that he must abolish the executive presidency or substantially reduces its powers in the event of being elected President, provide the TNA and JVP important portfolios in his Cabinet, ensure the speedy resettlement of northern IDPs, establish all the independent commissions required to ensure good governance and appoint Wickremesinghe as the caretaker Prime Minister.

President Rajapaksa secured clearance of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to advance the Presidential election by two years on October 15 at his party s convention.

Taking an indirect dig at General Fonseka, Mr. Rajapaksa said that when the notion to develop the country was set in motion, there could be patriots who could become traitors for political reasons. `Such elements will only honour the last wish of LTTE leader Prabakaran who wanted to divide the military and the people.`

He asserted that he was not afraid to face an election and accused the Opposition of operating with `anti-national interests` and attempting to politicise the military. `The Opposition is so weak that it was now begging for a candidate to contest the election.`

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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:21:52 GMT  Report for Abuse  
I fully endorse Mahinda Rajapakse for the Presidency of Sri Lanka.

This is not the time for a 'regime change' in Sri Lanka. Yes, there are short comings with the current administration (i.e., corruption,etc). But, fare more important things are stake in Sri Lanka. The country, I believe, is on the right tract after a very long time. I hope Mahinda Rajapakse will get re-elected and put more emphasis on development of the country and unification of its people under a common Sri Lankan identity. Let the people have time to heal from this long bloody war.

Stay strong. Be on the lookout for forces trying to bring political instability to Sri Lanka. The situation faced by the IDPs is also improving. The Tamil people should have patience - there is a lot the GOSL is doing to improve the situation. Give them time to work.

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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:27:29 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Tamils/LTTE suld not do the same mistake they did in the last PE
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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:29:21 GMT  Report for Abuse  
MR is not going to hold the Presidential election two years prior, if there is any risk. Sure, he knows what he is doing.
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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:30:34 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Lots of room to improve in the current govt. Frankly I have no hope that MR would push for the changes needed. Jumbo cabinet will remain. Corruption will remain. Excessive govt spending will remain. Mihin air will be resurrected. Family will continue to run the country.

The alternative is rosy either. Whether Fonseka wins or not, Ranil wants to keep the power. Ranil is shamelessly using Fonseka openly.
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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:34:40 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Let MR, Ranil and SF contest the election, SF will come third
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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:38:39 GMT  Report for Abuse  

I think the winner needs 50% majority. Otherwise you have to count the 2nd preference. If that is the case, SF can come in front. I am not sure about this preferential vote system. Someone can verify.
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Sri Lanka to hold Presidential election on Jan. 23.

Happy Birthday to me,... :)

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Sri Lanka to hold Presidential election on Jan. 23.

Happy Birthday to me,... :)

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LK Information  23 Nov 2009 15:45:04 GMT  Report for Abuse  

Is it necessary the president to come out from his office to contest for the post?

It is interesting to know what the constitution say.

Isn't it fair for him to leave his office to contest for the Presidency?

Who will be the commander in chief in forces during the time that the president leaves the office until a new president?

Government media have started promoting riots among people now.

Recent Tele Drama ''Kopi Kade', is teaching people lawlessness in the country. According to the message in the drama, people can be lawless and create disturbances to others it is justifiable.

Also violence against Ravi karunanayake's resent meeting.

I hope this election will not divide people and become lawless.

Country is just after a recovery from lawless terrorism.

Politician should not drag the common people in to law less acts. Let not Sri lanka be a wild place to live.

Media should not influence people for violence. It is a shame to see the lawless acts promoted in TV media through popular dramas.
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MR and his extended family have decided to hold presi. election soon otherwise they will become histoy if they postpone it for another year.

corruption will continue for another 4 years. more educated politicians like Dr. Mervin will guide the government for better Sri Lanka.

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