UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya said the proposed elections to be held under the 18th amendment would be a farce.
“An election which will be held under the 18th amendment will be a farce. All the powers related to the Police, Judiciary and the Commissioner of Elections have been vested under one individual, which is clearly undemocratic” he said.
Jayasuriya urged the government to re-introduce the 17th amendment prior to holding elections. “The 17th amendment when introduced had the full support of the current President and the speaker in 2001. By introducing the 18th amendment the transparency and separation of powers that the 17th amendment sought to protect were demolished” he said.
Jayasuriya went on to state that due to the 18th amendment which provided the President with wide-ranging powers would prevent a free and fair election. “There can't be a free and fair election under these powers and all efforts towards having one will be hampered” he said.
Jayasuriya said that despite there being honest and committed servicemen in the Police force, they cannot do their duty because of political interference. “Today Policemen are promoted on political affiliation and relationships with the ruling party politicians and not on commitment and integrity. Many Policemen have personally told me that if they take action against certain individuals they will have to pay a heavy price” he said (By Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 6
Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:15 AM
You are correct Sir. Loyality is lacking in our country because of Political Interferance. Even I am a Policeman did-not get my due promotions with my honest services, I quit the service as Coconut pluckers who were undrer me were promoted top of me.
andrewpitugala Thursday, 05 July 2012 03:54 AM
Supun Perera Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:42 AM
Since we are talking about a corrut, lawless Banana Republic, this is nothing surprising. Anyway the entire World is aware that none of the Elections held so far are free and fare, and irrespective of how the citizens vote, they win the elections. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.
Devaka Thursday, 05 July 2012 05:05 AM
The biggest farce was the UNP leadership election
Sam Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:23 AM
You are also partly responsible for the 18th Amendment. Some of the MPs you took with you voted for it.
Kamal Rajapakse Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:09 AM
Since H E Mahinda Rajapakse came to power we see an authoritarian rule prevailing in Sri Lanka. Election commission act according to whims and fancies of the the president. That tells us all state elections are conducted under his leadership.
Therefore It is very unlikely that the president will consider Hon Karu Jayasuriya's request to restore the 17th amendment prior to holding elections.
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