Tamil Information Centre
User Name:   
  Remember Me  
Sign up  |  Forget password
    Contact us
By the people, for the people
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)

In lieu of the sudden turn of events, valid questions have been raised about the current turbulent political clime from among the citizenry. Many international media outlets on Monday penned articles concerning the situation with hawkish headlines saying the country is expecting “bloodshed” which sadly shows that the world (The West in particular)  is anticipating chaos in our small island nation, tell tale signs of shaken confidence in Asia’s oldest democracy, but should we give the world the benefit of the doubt?  

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya on 29 October noted that Parliament is responsible for the delay in holding PC polls, adding that the Commission would go to the Supreme Court within the next three weeks, seeking a ruling regarding the delay and the electoral system under which the said Elections are to be held.  However, with the suspension of the Parliament, the Commission said it will be some time till the PCs Polls.

On closer inspection, one can come to the conclusion that the country is being deeply polarized; from partisan rallies flooding the streets to banners and cutouts popping up here and there, the country is expecting power plays from all sides of the political aisles, but what of the mandate of the people? We can all agree that the fair thing to do is to include the citizenry in the democratic process, the latter of which Party Leaders deeply tout so openly in open air rallies and media conferences. Let’s not have the representatives have all the fun in this trying and exciting (but serious) time in our countries history by letting the people have a say in it.

Deshapriya said the Commission has the capacity to conduct any type of Election within the next three months and added that all Political Party Leaders of the Parliament were informed to urge a Parliamentary decision towards PC Polls. It’s understandable with the entire heated political environment; Party Leaders might not have PC elections in top priority at the moment, and it’s clear that the issues need to be settled down immediately, be it Parliament or Court, so that the entire country is not trapped in a lurch.  

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) pointed out that the only option available for the civil society to see to it that the PC Polls are held is to pursue legal action, which, however, was likely to turn out to be self-defeating owing to the time consuming nature of the process.

However, in its first meeting the New Cabinet had decided to call for party meetings with regard to the electoral system debate, calling all parties for a discussion in order to decide under which system the polls should be held. So, there is some hope left for us common people yet! And the so called “little election” is not so little when it comes to showing public consensus and approval, which matters the most.

Yes, our political representatives are elected to do make the hard choices.

 In the public perspective Politicians are now hard pressed to get the House in order to prevent further ruckus. In such crossroads that the country finds itself in it is apt that the authorities convene Parliament as soon as possible, come to an agreement to start PC polling soon because both sides of the divide boasted of public consensus being on their respective sides. 

Let the world know that Asia’s oldest democracy proves that it is still a democracy and not an arrested development. Hold Provincial Council Elections ASAP!

Source: Ceylon Today

Share on Facebook

 Latest 25 News/ பிந்திய 25 செய்திகள்:
Sri Lankan lawmakers punch-up in parliament An MP injured himself trying to rip out the speaker's microphone and had to be taken to hospital.
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
Turn the page: on Sri Lanka crisis Sri Lankan President Sirisena must find a way to work with Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
CBK accuses SLFPers of betraying peoples’ demands
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
‘GAJA’ moves closer to northern coast of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
President meets Speaker, UNF, TNA & JVP leaders
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
Excavations at Mannar mass grave halted
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Thursday)
President Sirisena Currently Chairing Meeting With UPFA Parliamentary Group: Cabinet Now Stands Dissolved According To Constitution
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Govt. has no majority in Parliament: Karu
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka parliament votes out Rajapakse's government
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Wednesday)
True story behind Mahinda and Namal Sept.12 th Indian tour..! Mahinda burns his own cash on workshop in India..!!
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Longer wait for SC decision
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Constitutionality Of The Dissolution Of Parliament: An Interpretation?
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Hostile Environment: Home Office now using military base for deportation flights
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Stop Tinkering with the Constitution -
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Assault on the Constitution The Implosion of Liberal Democracy: Charting our Action for the Future
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Tuesday)
UN chief expresses concern over Sri Lankan President’s decision to dissolve Parliament
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Report: 13 Sri Lankan asylum seekers imprisoned in Israel Lawyers say their lives were at risk; PIBA says they came for work.
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Largest but voiceless minority plead at ‘Court of last resort’ Says new CJ fresh hope for speedy redress
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
President's Fund from 2015: Rs. 26.6 mn paid to 16 MPs
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka President’s Undemocratic And Unconstitutional Moves – OpEd
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Hearing of 11 petitions adjourned for the day
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Legal action against all involved – Dinesh
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Monday)
Support our work to bring rights to life in any way big or small

Donate using PayPal

Select dates to view
past and future events
<<<Nov - 2018>>>
 Stand up for Rights and Justice
Call to Ban Monsanto’s pesticide
Take Action
Trump’s child hostages
Set Noura Free -- sign now!
Tamil men accuse continuing torture in Sri Lanka Take a stand against torture and urge UN Human Rights commission for human rights to investigate
Latest Publication
Proto Sumero Dravidian: The Common Origin of Sumerian and Dravidian Languages Conference Report:

Proto Sumero Dravidian: The Common Origin of Sumerian and Dravidian Languages


About us
Site Help
Getting in touch
Facebook Youtube twitter
Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions
Copyright © 2018 ticonline.org, All rights reserved.