Sri Lanka Brief
2015
  • Top Buddhist Prelates Call on EC To Ensure Free & fair Election Read more >

    Top Buddhist Prelates Call on EC To Ensure Free & fair Election

    The leading Buddhist prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters have jointly signed a letter to the Elections Commissioner calling for a free and fair Presidential election on January 8. The Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera from the Malwatte Chapter and the Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakitha Thera from the Asgiriya Chapter jointly signed the […]

  • Violence Continues; While Police Looks On

    CaFFE Election Report # 58 Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) is dismayed by the increasing violence as election day approached and the lukewarm attitude of the Police to curb the violence. There were several incidents of serious cases serious violence on January 4-5 in Aralaganwila and Kahawatte using firearms. CaFFE has continued to […]

  • A Final Letter To President Rajapakse

    by Sunanda Deshapriya, Dear Mr. President, This is the final letter I will be writing to you as President Rajapakse. This is because, if, on the 8th of January, the people of this country are given the opportunity to vote in freedom and without fear, then the days of your presidency are, indeed, numbered. It […]

  • Monitors Fear Voter Intimidation Before Sri Lanka Election Read more >

    Monitors Fear Voter Intimidation Before Sri Lanka Election

      [400 Military road blocks in the North?; File photo] AFP- COLOMBO: International observers said they had received complaints of voter intimidation before this week’s Sri Lankan presidential election, in which the incumbent faces a tough battle to win an unprecedented third term. The 55-member panel of monitors told reporters they had already received complaints […]

  • Military Attempts To Obtain Details Of Polling Centres in Mullaitivu – CMEV

    Presidential Election 2015: Media Communiqué 11 /by Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)- On 4th January 2015 at 1.00 pm: 02nd January, Common Candidate Maithripala’s rally was attacked- Pelmadulla It was reported to CMEV that a public meeting conducted by Common Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena near Pelmadulla depot came under attack at about 7.20pm (2ndJan). As […]

  • The Truth About Ananthi Sasitharan Read more >

    The Truth About Ananthi Sasitharan

    (Ananthi Sasitharan and her husband, LTTE political commissar  Sasitharan alias Ezhilan) Ananthi Sasitharan has become a darling of Rajapaksa regime because of the call for Election boycott. Now Rajaakasa regime has reinforced Ananthi’s call by unleashing a terror campaign to stop Northern Tamils voting. Strange bed fellows, isn’t it? Ananthi must be happy that Rajapaksa […]

  • Joint Opposition  Leads In Colombo  With Huge Margin – Survey Read more >

    Joint Opposition Leads In Colombo With Huge Margin – Survey

    [Joint opposition draws huge crowds] A survey conducted on patterns of voter behavior at the next presidential election by  Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Academic Advisor, Graduate School of Management  has shown that joint opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena leading in Colombo district, The survey covered 735 respondents from three electoratesWhere the current president received over 60% at […]

  • Palestinians Submit Application To Join ICC Read more >

    Palestinians Submit Application To Join ICC

    (The Palestinians intend to pursue a war -crimes case against Israel for its actions in Gaza last year :AFP photo) The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has formally submitted Palestine’s application to join the International Criminal Court to the UN secretary-general. The Palestinians want to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel and challenge Israeli settlement building. […]

  • EU Calls For Peaceful, Credible And Transparent Election Read more >

    EU Calls For Peaceful, Credible And Transparent Election

    Colombo, 02 January 2015- Joint Local Statement on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election process European Union Heads of Mission in Colombo note the importance of Sri Lanka’s Presidential election process being peaceful, credible and transparent. Heads of Mission recall the EU’s longstanding conviction that a peaceful environment is essential for credible elections. Sri Lankan citizens must […]

  •   Rajapaksa Can No Longer Count On Rural Sinhala Vote Bank Read more >

     Rajapaksa Can No Longer Count On Rural Sinhala Vote Bank

    Meera Srinivasan, The Hindu- Rajapaksa’s appeal among the rural Sinhalese population cannot be underestimated. However, with Maithripala Sirisena crossing over, there is a likely split in the rural vote base The joint opposition’s bid to give President Mahinda Rajapaksa a tough fight in the January 8 presidential polls has resulted in a rarely seen phenomenon […]

  • Centre for Monitoring Election Violence: Media Communique 10

    Presidential Election 2015: Media Communique 10. by Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) On 31st December 2014 at 10.00 pm: Electioneering under the guise of distributing rice for flood victims in Paddiruppu -Batticaloa CMEV monitor in Batticaloa, Mr. KirubanandaSivam, informed CMEV of a meeting in Rasamanikkam Hall, Paddiruppu, Batticaloaat around 11am on 31st December where […]

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