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The Government has become a joke by trying to show the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) delegates that a nonexistent rule of law and democracy prevails in the country, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) charged today.

UNP parliamentarian Ruwan Wijewardene told journalists the government had become a joke by telling the delegates there is democracy in the country after enacting the 18th Amendment to the constitution, under which independent commissions including the Elections Commission, the Public Service Commission and the Judicial Service Commission were rendered ineffective.

He said the recent elections which were far from free and fair was also a testimony of the absence of democracy in the country.

Mr. Wijewardene said election law was blatantly violated during the pre-election period because the ruling party abused and misused state property during campaign.

“The polling day was largely peaceful but the damage had been already done during the pre-election period," he said and added that the Sports Ministry had distributed sporting equipment on Election Day in the Eastern Province.

He said the ministers did as they pleased during the elections despite the valiant efforts by the Elections Commissioner to hold a free and fair election. (YP)
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  • percy Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:05 PM

    If the government is a joke what would you call the opposition- a bunch of demented clowns? The UNP has no right to speak on behalf of any section of the community as they are nothing but a self serving, unpatriotic group of people who have no interest in the country and its peoples.

    ChamaraJ Friday, 14 September 2012 06:44 AM

    UNP has become a joke to all of us....pls get your act together and put up a strong oposition......

    Mendis Aiya Friday, 14 September 2012 07:05 AM

    The results of the recent provincial councils show who has become the joke.

    RuwanL Friday, 14 September 2012 02:41 AM

    Isn't the pot calling the kettle black! Please don't say stupid things as all you guys are big jokers in our eyes!

    Gemunu Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:28 PM

    If that is so, why the hell your leader/boss participated for this conferance.He should boycot and protest.I never ever trust this so called leader.

    Curious Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:43 PM

    UNP it self is a joke !

    Appuhami Friday, 14 September 2012 07:40 AM

    Hey ..look at the joke you have in your home.GOSL bacame a joke due to very weak opposition....make your way steady and talk to others...

    Hussain Thursday, 13 September 2012 03:46 PM

    Its not the time or place to "wash dirty linen in public" while most of foreign visitors are here. Disgraceful!.

    mahesh Friday, 14 September 2012 08:02 AM

    UNP (leadership) is the biggest joke my dear friend.

    MagodisThuma Saturday, 15 September 2012 12:32 AM

    Ranil is better than Mr Bean !

    Tarrin Constantine Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:19 PM

    //// The Government has become a joke ////

    Yes agreed - But UNP and its leader are beyond joke !!!

    Lakey banda Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:20 PM

    First get rid the UNP leadership, then our country will have strong oposition, then ultimately at least we can win in the upcoming elections.

    sampath Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:12 PM

    UNP is no better you know...

    wise man Friday, 14 September 2012 01:49 PM

    All are jokers. So what do you expect us as the public to do, what you as opposition cannot do?????????

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:14 AM

    No doubt about that.

    leelananda Saturday, 15 September 2012 03:25 AM

    Not only that this guy himself is a joke.

    leelananda Saturday, 15 September 2012 03:59 AM

    I doubt. The damage is beyond repair. It is very clearly shown at the last election.

    neil john Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:31 AM

    Very true but opposition also included.

    Sachin Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:08 AM

    Govt is a joke to UNP says UNP, UNP has become a joke to Govt says Govt, at the end of the day we who vote them are the real jokers...

    daya weerasinghe Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:03 PM

    UNP has become bigger joke than the gov.....!
    Thats why this government is in power.....not UNP...!

    tarzan Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:28 AM

    joke like unp

    Senaka Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:40 AM

    You have forgotten jokes made by UNP governments in the past. There were rigging in broad day light in UNP regimes too. Either you are not aware or forgotten.

    RuwanL Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:19 AM

    Can you tell me when did we have a free and fair election?

    Cancer Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:36 AM

    Have you got democracy and law and order in UNP? It was very recently your headquarters was destroyed by members of your own party.

    athula Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:48 AM

    then why did ranil go there ?

    dasdas Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:38 PM

    get together and remove these thugs in the regime ! or pay by your own relations lives !

    Gaja Banda Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:27 AM

    The government has become a joke: UNP

    ... and the UNP isn't?

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:59 AM

    Well no doubt about it that they are a joke but people think the oppostions UNP/JVP also a joke.
    You guys as opposition let the regime bat at will not attacking with yokers or googlies, too many no bowls and wides plus butter fingers, bad fielding, missed so many chances. No team spirit, cannot win when playing for a draw.

    kribath Friday, 14 September 2012 03:37 PM

    then why they keep winning ; maybe voters think that the biggest joker is in the UNP.


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