Local monitors question move to include losers

Keerthi Tenakoon CaffeLocal election monitors have questioned the decision taken by the main political parties to name candidates who lost the Parliamentary election on the national list.

The Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) said that while the move is not illegal it is unethical.

The Executive Director of CaFFE, Keerthi Tenakoon noted that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has included seven members who lost the election in the national list.

He also noted that the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have also included candidates who lost the election to the national list while the Tamil National Alliance is also looking at including two candidates who lost the election, on its national list.

Tenakoon said that the political parties are using the existing election laws to bring to parliament, through the national list, candidates who lost the Parliamentary election.

He said that the decision to bring to parliament, through the back door, candidates who lost the election raises the question if the verdict given by the voter is being disregarded.

Tenakoon said that local election laws must be amended to ensure that candidates who lose an election are unable to return to parliament through the national list. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. A very sad move by the Govt. to appoint democratically disposed candidates to the parliament. If this for a reason
    then it is unethical. We the public has the right to decide whom we elect. Not the President, the Prime minister. Well , if the Constitution says so then we have to amend it as well.Public cannot be taken for a ride.

  2. In my view the provision for National list is unethical. How can a person sitting comfortably in his arm chair, without contesting an election take priority over a candidate who has contested the election. National list should only be confined to best loosers as determined by the Election commission. Any electoral reform or constitutional changes should do away with national list.

  3. Wow this is what they call good governance……a load of crap………..Rajapaksas gone here come some other ……same old crap,differant names….no wonder Sri Lanka be a 3rd world banana republick for generations to come..!

  4. POLITICAL SECENE IN LANKA IS PATHETIC. IT LACKS EDUCATED LEADERS. THE SAME GANG, WHETHER UNP, SLFP,JVP, SLMC,TNA, HANG AROUND. EVEN NOW VIOLATING BASIC ETHICS BY APPOINTING REJECTS VIA NL.WHY PARTIES PUBLISH THEIR NATIONAL LISTS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS? TO CHEAT VOTERS AFTER THE ELECTIONS?

  5. Selection of the MP’s through the national list shows this country won’t become like Singapore or wonder of Asia. This world has limited resources, only smart people can live in a developed country. Sri Lankans are born to suffer and struggle; this will not change, because the people have change the leader and political party. Whether it is the UNP, the SLFP or UPFA; they can’t develop this country, because their ideology is the same. The TNA is far worse than Southern political parties. They haven’t learned anything from the brutal civil war.

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