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Implementing the viewpoint of the majority is not what we call democracy but democracy is to implement the views of the majority in such a way that it would not prejudice the minority, Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.

He said this at the Galle District Secretariat today.

“We cannot call it democracy if the views of the majority are implemented at the cost of the minority viewpoint. Real democracy prevails only when minority rights are protected,” Mr. Deshapriya said.

He said the essence of true democracy is the franchise which should be carefully used.

“The elections should be carried out in a peaceful atmosphere without violating the franchise of the people. We often witness the franchise of the people being violated and misused,” Mr. Deshapriya said. 

“I request everybody to respect the views of others and to act in a peaceful manner without violating the rights of others,” he added.


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  Comments - 16

  • PC Thursday, 29 November 2018 04:07 PM

    Typical turncoat!

    Bala Thursday, 29 November 2018 05:56 PM

    Good advice but our politikkas do not understand what constitutes real democracy. 94 of them do not have A levels and very few had education sufficient to understand what you say.

    Til Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:10 PM

    Who governed the country stole government coffers and use that money as bait to fish greedy MPs who haven't either policy or self respect ,what democracy is there ,who uses these stinking fellows vote to show majority and boast we have the majority

    PAUL Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:18 PM

    This guy is a great talker who always carry out NATO policy. (No action talk only)

    Sarwan Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:22 PM

    How can election be held under a state terrorist PM, MR?

    Upul Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:23 PM

    The term "DEMOCRACY" comes from the Greek word ‘demos’ meaning people and ‘kratos’ meaning power. So, it is people power.

    Voter Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:24 PM

    Is he trying to be the next "Common Candidate" ?

    Siripala Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:41 PM

    Time he retired.

    Shelly Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:42 PM

    Before they come to us for votes, ask them to give a details of how 2. 5 Million is spent per day for a Parliament settings, all citizens should demand this Before the election.

    PAUL Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:49 PM

    Then violating of constitution is what? Is it democracy?

    Kash Thursday, 29 November 2018 07:28 PM

    Right now the minority is implementing their authority over the majority. Just bring an election.

    Galbanis Thursday, 29 November 2018 07:30 PM

    Shut up. Your job is to conduct elections. Stick to that.

    Siri de Alwis Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:21 PM

    The guy is interfering too much on themes which are not relevant to his job.Siri

    Cobra Friday, 30 November 2018 08:08 AM

    What is it then, snakes slithering into the House and terrorizing its occupants????

    Suresh Friday, 30 November 2018 08:19 AM

    Nakiya time to retire now

    sas Friday, 30 November 2018 10:35 AM

    This man is not independent.

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