Diaspora to vote in future

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By Dianne Silva

The government is in the process of obtaining feedback from the Sri Lankan Diaspora on their willingness to vote at future elections held in Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms is in the process of developing a website to obtain the feedback from the Diaspora, the Media coordinator of the Ministry Sarath Godakanda told Daily Mirror online.

“We are designing a website for this purpose so that various persons living overseas can endorse their willingness to vote at elections held in Sri Lanka. After gathering this information we intend to submit it to the relevant authorities including the Elections Commissioner,” Godakanda told Daily Mirror online.

However, he added, there would be no means of implementing this system prior to this election.

Last week the Ministry of Justice and Law reforms put out a release that the National Congress is of the view that all Sri Lankan nationals living and working abroad should be afforded an opportunity to vote at Elections.

The Leader of the Sri Lanka National Congress Minister Milinda Moragoda said that there were well over a million Sri Lankans living overseas and they should also be given the opportunity to vote at elections.

“This will help us to test as to how Sri Lankans overseas feel and what they think about the political environment back at home.”

  Comments - 16

  • Friday, 15 January 2010 04:36 PM

    People who have dual citizenship should be given a voting right, via postal votes. I, personaly, do not like to go to the SL embassy, to cast my vote.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 05:38 PM

    It will be extremely difficult and expensive to implement and will also be, easily, open to abuse!

    Monday, 18 January 2010 09:45 AM

    No competition for truth

    Friday, 15 January 2010 06:42 PM

    It's a good move by the government !

    Friday, 15 January 2010 08:18 PM

    As long as these expats are SL citizens/dual citizens, they should be allowed to vote. Several other countries already allow their expats to vote. The process of verifying will, however, be tricky, as it will involve checking, against the Immigration Department's database. However, this announcement could also be just an election stunt, which never gets implemented! I know of at least one group who were demanding this, as a precondition, for securing the votes of their members.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 08:38 PM

    There are many Sri Lankans, living overseas, who help the country in more ways than those living there. They are not fooled by stooges, from either the government or opposition! They have access to the internet, are well informed and are very much involved in protecting the image of our country. This should have been done, a long time ago!

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:37 AM

    Dear DSR-Neckar, ONLY migrant works should allow to cast their votes, coz they are the ppl who contribute largest portion of Sri Lankan economy. People those who have dual citizenship should NOT allow to cast their votes, coz they r no more Sri Lankans.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 10:00 PM

    It is a good idea, but there has to be a foolproof system to do this. As we know, vote rigging, is a serious concern, and most diplomats are mere political appointees - thus, there is a lot of room for malpractices.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 10:38 AM

    All of a suddern, is Moragoda trying to fill the deficit of one million votes required to win on 26th, launching a tip-ex type mission.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:30 AM

    I think democracy should be maintained inside SL before going abroad, where ordinary people of other countries too would also be interested in the internal affairs of SL & it’s a shame where they would also note a very high amount of election violence happening in SL.
    Further I see a big question in implementing the voting mechanism for Lankans working abroad, specially regarding the votes of primary skilled employees & employees with medium term working visas.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 10:48 AM

    Yes, it would be a lovely exercise when you have government stooges in all the embassies. Where can't the foreign service officers put their foot down without taking thrash from these stupid politicians

    Friday, 15 January 2010 10:51 AM

    This is a bad idea.
    If at all it must be allowed only for migrant workers such as those who work in Middle east, Korea etc.
    If a person accept citizenship in that country be it with Canada, US, Italy or EU then they should not decide affairs of srilanka.
    Where do you want to draw the line?

    Friday, 15 January 2010 10:57 AM

    The embassy staff will start stuffing ballot boxes for Mahinda, since his lackeys are in the majority in overseas Lankan diplomatic missions !!! Very very bad idea.

    Friday, 15 January 2010 03:32 PM

    This is a great idea which has been COPIED, at the last moment, to get expatriates to inform their beloved ones to vote for **, you know whom I mean. There had been requests by so many, during the last few years, but they have woken-up, only now. Let General Fonseka implement this, without leaving any loopholes for any party to misuse the facility!

    Friday, 15 January 2010 11:11 AM

    this all depends on whether the particular pesron has renounced citizenship of SL. IIf so, how can the sonvereignty of our country be put in the hands of a person who is legally and physically a foreigner?

    Friday, 15 January 2010 11:12 AM

    Once a person gives up citizenship that person has no right to vote. What right do these people have when they are enjoying all the benefits of citizenship of another country to interfere in SL, when in the first instance they left cos SL was not good enough for them. However, any SL citizen who is not in the country on election day should have the right to excercise their franchise.

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