if you take the voting patterns, lankan people have most of the time have chosen the best leader of the lot at that time an in that context no matter what the govt propaganda was
the president in power abuse state resources to win elections. that's why the ruling oarty wins the second term confortable. Presidential elections have always been a farce. A sitting President has never been defeated at election. Election malpractice, abuse of powers and the govt media always guarantee the second term. The only thing held back abusing this power was the 2 term restriction. With the 2 term restriction removed and more powers vested in president by 18th ammendment, it is like giving a signed blank cheque.
..people are not stupid..
well they elected CBK two times.