and fair election vital
Everybody who has a franchise to exercise in the forthcoming Presidential
election, just around the corner, should cast his or her vote intelligently
to elect a good President.
is believed that there will be a good turnout on this occasion and
I personally think there will be a close contest, between the PA
and the UNP candidates provided no rigging or other malpractice
The most important issue that voters should consider is the lifting
of the economy, which will depend on the party that has been elected
to office forming a good government. For this reason, the voters
should register their votes to whichever party, without fear or
favour and most important, with wisdom.
should look into how the economy in the country has fared through
the process of productivity in the previous era and whether the
living conditions have brought them some solace. They should look
into government taxation, price hikes, harassment, bribery and corruption,
transport, murder, rape etc.
voters should not be gullible when it comes to speeches and propaganda
expressed vociferously on platforms. Many governments of the past,
which were elected to govern the country, had promised the people
that they would not be burdened in any way and could also live a
peaceful life, but none fulfilled these promises. These matters
should be seriously considered, before voting.
all hope and pray the Presidential election will be conducted peacefully,
without any fraudulent activities and will not be another 'Wayamba'.
is imperative that all candidates standing for election behave in
an exemplary manner. The Election Commissioner, his staff and all
police officers who are responsible for the conduct of a free and
fair election, should with the highest integrity and honesty carry
out their duties without fear or favour.
letter to leaders of political parties
Putting promises into practice for a better Lanka
As patriotic, rational and peace loving citizens of Sri Lanka, we
who are not concerned with collecting votes, want to hear our leaders
promising to upgrade and improve the following areas of national
concern, if they honestly want a new Sri Lanka.
Roads: Without a good network of roads, islandwide - both in cities
and rural areas, output is diminished. Transport: Disciplined bus
and train services.
Telephone facilities: To be economically accessible to a majority
Computer/cyber cafes: To be available at reasonable rates islandwide.
Drinking water: Free and safe drinking water for everyone.
system: This nation of farmers must be given the opportunity to
enjoy the gift of our forefathers - the ancient irrigation systems.
The 3500 tanks in the country should be renovated and repaired.
(Work opportunities - especially for the army during peace-time
and also Samurdhi beneficiaries who are not physically impaired).
Electricity: Every family to have the ability to buy electricity
wherever they choose to live. Explore the immense possibilities
of harnessing solar energy.
Women and children: Set up centres to uplift the quality of life
of women and children. Every district to have two centres at least.
Strengthening the women of this nation will impact the family system.
A family empowered is a nation empowered. These centres should not
be run with a political flavour - giving opportunities for employment
system: The school curriculum to have a balanced approach to the
growth of the child, by addressing growth in a holistic manner (mentally,
physically, socially, psychologically and spiritually). This includes
the practical and the technical; thus minimizing the current lop-sided
approach to education.
Health: Whatever support the state offers by way of free medical
aid/hospitals etc, illness caused through alcohol and tobacco use
causes a severe drain on our national resources. Unless and until
we address the phenomenon of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful
chemical substance use, the hope of reducing poverty levels in this
country is diminished. Long term steps to reduce the impact of harmful
drug use are an urgent need.
The national leader, once elected must be transparent, fearless,
impartial and totally clean. Nepotism, favouritism and bias should
have no place in his agenda. The first move should be to address
bribery and corruption that is consuming our nation at all levels.
given up to now (jobs/ fertilizer/food/Samurdhi etc) are aimed at
vote catching. The electorate must now be treated as more mature
and eager to move forward.
further employment in the state sector will only lead to the manifestation
of 'The new Ice-Age Man'.
eliminate poverty we need to instil feelings of personal pride and
a work ethic. What we have to battle is the poverty of spirit and
not poverty in the material sense.
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