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20 lawyers file a FR petition against the 20A: Giving unlimited powers to the President could lead to a dictatorship in Sri Lanka

Twenty Attorneys at Law, this morning filed a Fundamental Rights petition against the proposed 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka. In their petition,...

The End of Free and Fair Elections in Sri Lanka – Sanjana Hattotuwa

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Proposed 20 Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka: Impact on the Law making Process and Independent Commissions

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution makes several significant changes to the present Constitution, altering the dynamics of the separation of powers between...

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Sri Lanka Brief Update: General Election 2020- Stats and Trends

12 August 2020 ( PDF document is attached at the end) 1. Elections for Sri Lanka’s 9th Parliament were held on 5 August 2020 and the...

Sri Lanka General Election 2020: CMEV lists notable cases of hate speech; OPPP and SLPP at the top

This report provides an account of the incidence of hate speech and divisive language observed by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) in...

Over 90% of districts are estimated to have more than a 60% health risk in election campaigning, says CMEV

Image: Using the indicator explained in the report, the above COVID-19 Risk Map in election campaigns has been developed.  Based on the information received by...

CMEV is alarmed by the changes introduced to election related health guidelines.

Image: President Rajapaksa campaigning today (19) and no social distancing or face masks among the participants. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)  says that...

Election against Democracy – Thisaranee Gunasekara

It is a modern morality tale about the dangers of misusing the military, of militarising civilian tasks, of expecting generals to handle pandemics. By...

Sri Lanka: EC has to fix a new date for General Elections – PM Rajapaksa

The Coronavirus pandemic hit countries like the USA, India and Bangladesh in a situation where their economies had been experiencing strong growth for years....

Sri Lanka: Let the SC decides on reconvening the parliament & the general election, Mano tell the EC.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya , former Colombo District MP and Leader of the Democratic Peoples...

Sri Lanka: Regularise the emergency measures according to the constitution – NPC

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera/ Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 virus. The government has taken firm and decisive actions...

General election debate: Commissioner Hoole responds to president’s secretary Jayasundara

Parliamentary Election 2020 and date of summoning new Parliament. I refer to the Daily Mirror article, of today’s date, on the date for summoning the new Parliament...

Sri Lanka: UNP raises fears of computer “gilmart” in upcoming general election.

(chamindasworld.wordpress) Prof Ashu Marasinghe has said that Chaminda’s and Sanjiva Weerawarana’s appointments to the Board of ICTA are dubious and there are conflicts of...

Presidential Election 2019: Key areas under scrutiny of election observer groups – Yoshitha Perera

Image: European Union (EU) election observers look on as election officials carry ballot boxes to be transferred to a main counting centre after the presidential...

(Not so) Proportional Representation – On Sri Lankan Parliamentary Election – Nuwan I. Senaratna

The Parliament of Sri Lanka has 225 member seats. The 22 electoral districts elect 196 seats. Each party receives seats in proportion to the...

‘Sri Lankan media should self-regulate,’ – Election Observers

Asian Election observers faulted both private and State Media organisations for favouring their chosen candidates during the elections and suggested they should self-regulate themselves. The...

Five things to know about Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Saturday to choose its next president, with the winner expected to steer the ship of state for...

Sri Lanka presidential election: Social media users must show their commitment to a free and fair election- IMA

The Presidential election to elect the 7th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is to be held on the 16th...

Sri Lanka: TNA MP Sumanthiran seeks criminal probe against pro Gota Aruna, Mawbima & Ceylon Today

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran has sought a criminal investigation against fake news published in three local newspapers. In a letter to the...

Will Sri Lanka Elect a President by Default ? – Shreen Abdul Saroor

‌“We see only Muslim villages have been developed. but not the Tamil villages. The only way for Catholic and Hindu villages to get developed...

Sri Lanka: Letter to Facebook- Urgent need for rollout of platform affordances for greater oversight of campaign spending

7 November 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is releasing a letter sent to Mr Senura Abeywardene, the Country Representative for...

Presidential election 2019: My family and I received death threats from Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sajin Vaas

Former MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena today said he had lodged a police complaint saying that Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa had told another SLPP MP...

Sri Lanka election head withdraws TV censorship after criticism

Image: EC Mahinda Deshapriya. Sri Lanka's election commission chief on Sunday backed down from plans to censor a state-owned TV station following criticism that his...

Sri Lanka: Election Commission in crisis over ITN censorship

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday banned state-owned ITN from telecasting any politically-oriented program after accusing it of broadcasting an interview which he said...

Gota’s man Ali Sabry : ” If you don’t vote Gota you will get belly full” – Sarath de Alwis

Image: Sri Lanka Muslims have been a target of politically motivated  attacks against in recent times. In this presidential election in which the main contenders...

Presidential Election 2019 -Sri Lanka Brief Update-No 01 /14 October 2019

Basic Info: Eight Presidential Election of Sri Lanka will be held on 16th November 2019. Thirty-Five candidates have handed over their nominations. The Ballot paper...

Cancel Provincial Council electoral reforms & hold elections in time – TNA

Image: Tamil people wait to vote as police officers stand guard at a polling station during the northern provincial council election on Sept. 21, 2013...

Local Government Elections in Sri Lanka and Lessons to be Learnt

Image: The burden of elections; A government servant carries a ballot box! ( Daily FT photo) The political turmoil and the prolonged period of uncertainty...

Local authority election in Sri Lanka -2018: HRC-SL issues guidelines to police officers

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, recognizing the right of every citizen to vote, to freely engage in political activities and the right...
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