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General Election 2020

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Recent elections in the context of state formation in Sri Lanka – some thoughts – Sunil Bastian

These are a few thoughts on the recently concluded elections in Sri Lanka. Elections can be studied in various ways. The underlying interest in...

Sri Lanka: Rejected Votes: An Unintended Disenfranchisement- Indrawansa de Silva, Ph.D.

Universal suffrage is a democratic right that we must all respect and uphold. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all...

Sri Lanka: President’s address: Reading between the lines – Dr. Ameer Ali

Once the 19th Amendment is abolished or seriously revised, and GR acquires dictatorial powers under a new constitution, will he push through draconian measures...

Sri Lanka should not undo democratic gains or roll back devolution in the Constitution – The Hindu

A two-thirds majority in the legislature is indeed a mandate for constitutional change, but the winner ought to decide whether the proposed change would...

A Gap Unbridgeable, Part I: The Necon and Neoliberal in Sri Lankan Politics – Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana‍

The ideas on a progressive and pluralist populism raised by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, have been critiqued by Mark Salter. This is an exchange of ideas that anyone with...

Our first task will be to remove 19th Amendment – President Rajapaksa

Full text of President’s inaugural address of the 9th Parliament. The election held on August 5th marked a turning point in the history of Parliamentary...

Whither Sri Lanka’s opposition? Interview with Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Himal Kotelawala. ECONOMYNEXT – Political scientist Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda likens Sri Lanka’s powerful ruling party to a house with a very wide roof and no...

Sri Lanka: Economy, human rights key challenges facing Rajapaksas

Image: Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka; Several members of Rajapaksa family are now part of the government, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, and...

Sri Lanka: Landslide win for the Rajapaksa puts democracy and pluralism at risk – Alan Keenan

Image courtesy of https://theprint.in. Wednesday, 5 August saw the landslide general election victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa...

Dominated by elderly Sinhala Buddhist upper cast men, new Sri Lanka cabinet does not have proper social representation.

Praja Research Team has analyzed the representation of the new cabinet of Sri Lanka and identified the following facts. It has four members from Rajapakse...

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...

General Election, Sri Lanka: So close, yet so far What if they got a few more votes…

Nuwan I. Senaratna. Many expected Sunil Handunnetti of the JJB to win a seat in Matara. In fact, he did come tantalizingly close. If the JJB won...

TNA Suffers Electoral Setback In North and East Polls- D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The long awaited 2020 Parliamentary Elections has concluded with a 71% Voter turnout despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID -19 Pandemic threat. Appropriate...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa restoration is complete. What comes next? – Razeen Sally

Image: Xi Jinping waves next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in September 2014: there is a real possibility that Sri Lanka will rely on Chinese loans to avert...

One of the most important priorities is development of the Tamil-dominated Northern Province – Mahinda Rajapaksa

One of the most important priorities of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was sworn in on Sunday morning will be...

Sri Lanka: Electoral landslide cannot stop economic backslide

Image: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa walk out of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya following the swearing in ceremony of the latter...

Sri Lanka election results show a seismic shift in the country’s electoral map as well as the balance of political power – Jayadeva Uyangoda

The SLPP struck a chord projecting political stability and capitalising on failures of the previous coalition government. The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election held...

GTF backs Sumanthiran’s call for all Tamil parties to work together in the larger interests of Tamil people

Image: Tamils voting in Jaffna, 2013. Issuing a statement the Global Tamil Forum has congratulated newly elected MPs Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Mr C.V. Vigneswaran...

Sri Lanka Election Hands Rajapaksa Family a Bigger Slice of Control

Image: Ishara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images/NYT. By Maria Abi-Habib. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary seats, the Election...

An election in Sri Lanka will boost the Rajapaksa family – They talk of making big changes to the island’s constitution

On the eve of an election, what might a political party wish for? A strong brand, an effective party machine, plenty of money, a...

Sri Lanka: The two-thirds mania and Rajapaksa irrationality – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Have you learned nothing from history?” – Freud (The Future of an Illusion) This day, 27 years ago, Sri Lanka was burning. During Black July, Sinhala...

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...

Women nominees: Poor showing from major parties in run-up to Sri Lanka’s polls – Tharumalee Silva

ECONOMYNEXT – Since Sri Lanka produced the first-ever woman Prime Minister of the world in 1960 with Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s landslide victory, and one the...

Go to the polls & vote for a fair, respectful, equal and inclusive Sri Lanka – Voice for Democracy

Image from the protests against October 2018 constitutional coup in, Sri Lanka. Media Release – Appeal – Sri Lanka General Elections 2020. For any country to...

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...

Ahead of Sri Lanka elections, lawyers, journalists and activists arrested, threatened and harassed – CIVICUS

In the last few months, human rights lawyers and journalists have faced arrests, threats and harassment. A report by the Special Rapporteur on the...

Democracy or a Police State? Prof. Ratanjeevan H. Hoole

We have the Police to uphold law and order, and to support democratic institutions. Unfortunately, there are dangerous signs that they, the Police, are...

TNA backs federal solution through non-violent and peaceful negotiations

TNA releases 12-point election manifesto Says constitutional arrangement on federal model meets legitimate aspirations of Tamil people Advocates power-sharing as they existed earlier...

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...

Sri Lanka: The Infinity Stones of a steamroller majority – Dayan Jayatilleka

An attitude of arrogant myopia; rejection of the outlook of scientific rationality; regarding intelligence-gathering as sufficient and downgrading scientific medical investigation/data collection/analysis (hence the...
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