Election

THE POST-ELECTION SCENARIO: LESSONS & OPTIONS FOR GOVT & OPPOSITION

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA A famous soliloquy in the history of Hollywood movies in Don Siegel’s iconic film Dirty Harry begins with Clint Eastwood, playing Inspector Harry Callahan says “I know what you’re thinking— did he fire six shots or only five…” In similar vein I can tell what the strategists of the Opposition are thinking

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Nepal Constituent Assembly Election update from Nimalka

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

Dear All, I was very much impressed by the voter turn out on the day of the election. The EC had banned all private vehicle use all over Nepal. Only election monitors and candidates were able to move around with special passes. All the roads in Kathmandu valley was empty. But people were walking up

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Update 2: Nepal Election Updates-From a Diary of an Election Observer

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

18th November, 2013 Today we had an orientation. The main Maoists group is split. Prachanda group is contesting. The other team with 33 small parties are calling for boycott and also hurling petrol bombs. So it is like our JVP time in the late 80s. This will affect the voter turn out. CP Maoist who

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Nepal Election Updates-From a Diary of an Election Observer

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender and Democracy Advocate Dr. Nimalka Fernando is in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has been invited to take part in an Election Monitoring Mission organized by the National Election Observation Committee. Nimalka was kind enough to send us notes from her diary on her election monitoring activities. She also provides a context

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2013 Northern Provincial Council Elections did not fully meet key benchmarks for democratic elections.- Commonwealth mission

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

Voters in Jaffna ; Photo – The Republic Square REPORT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER MISSION; SRI LANKA’S NORTHERN PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 Conclusions and Recommendations Conclusions The 21 September 2013 elections were landmark elections, the first Northern Provincial Council Elections held since the end of the civil conflict in May 2009, and since the

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Sinhala People Have No Other Land: What And Which Zone Of Agreement?

Oct 13th, 2013 | By

By C. Wijeyawickrema  “If the Tamils’ cry for separatism is given up, the two communities could solve their problems and continue to live in amity and dignity.” – M.C. Sansoni, CJ—(Sessional Paper No. 7 of 1980) “Sinhala people have no other land [place to go].” – Wigenswaran-CM, NP Vessantara-traitor dilemma Between getting branded as a Tamil traitor (even

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I Took Oaths A Little While Ago

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

By C.V.Wigneswaran I took oaths a little while ago this morning undertaking to faithfully perform the functions of my office. My office is a gift from my people. They have mandated me to perform my duties on a long term as well as a short term perspective. The former behoves us to confirm our individuality. To

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Defeat of all the JHU, JNP and MEP candidates in the UPFA list: A rejection of communalism by the majority Sinhala Buddhist community

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Extremist    The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) has welcomed the TNA’s readiness to work together with the government within the framework of the unitary state and the 13th Amendment of the present Constitution. Having met on September 27, to discuss the result of the recent provincial council polls in the Central, North-Western and Northern provinces,

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Behind The Numbers: A Closer Look At Voting Trends In Jaffna

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

By Gibson Bateman and Rathika Innasimuttu  Introduction A recent article[1] has questioned our analysis[2] of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) election results. While thoughtful, the piece – published onColombo Telegraph – is misguided and reflects a lack of understanding of both the current political context in the north and Tamil people’s ideological mindset. The thrust of the argument presented is that

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TNA To Pick Professionals For Provincial Ministers

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

The tussle for ministerial portfolios in the newly elected Northern Provincial Council is set to end on Saturday with at least two positions on education and health set to go to winning candidates from the Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts who are also professionals in the field, Colombo Telegraph learns. In addition to the Chief Minister

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