President’s election is purely an individual based election- not a party based election

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Senior Journalist

It is clearly understood that president’s election is an individual based election. Therefore we should think about the particular individual and his performance in the past. If a candidate wants to win this election , he has to show his performance and not the party performance. A confident individual contesting for the country’s highest position will never depend on the party.

Party based elections nor individual based elections cannot be redefined for our convenience. Individuals differ a lot from parties. People look at the parties and individuals differently. In a party , if you do not like one personality, you may select another from the party. These are applied to party based elections. It can be a Local Government election, Provincial level election or Parliamentary election. But when talking about presidential election it is completely a different demography. Individuals play a major role in this process. They may be attached to different political parties, but the verdict will be based on the performance of that individual.

Here moderate citizen should give a serious thought on the party and individual. A candidate may be backed by a party. But ultimately, it is the individual who is going to get the votes. Now a day we see some party cross overs, as a result we do not know which party the candidates belong to. Some strong UNPers crossed over to UPFA and strong SLFPer crossed over to UNP. This has brought a slight confusion, but where as the Presidential election is concerned moderate public should think that it is not the party but the individual who will get the verdict.

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Do you need a change ?

A change is always appreciated. But what is the change you are expecting ? will this change make you prosper or pull you back . We need to sit and think. Because it is not an easy choice. Anybody can look for a change. It is easy to tell anything. But you need to understand whether it is feasible or not. Change by definition says make it different in state.

As a citizen of this country we are facing a presidential election on JANUARY 8th . What do we need from this election? Do we need a change ? if so, then why ? A change should always lead to good future not to bad future. If the present situation promotes peace and reconciliation why should you go for a change. Ask yourself. Sri Lankans should seriously give some thought to this.

Suppose if you are looking for a change , we should think is that change a must ? if it is not then why push now , may be, we could push it later or we can get it done from the present ruler.

Here, President Rajapaksa is looking for the president’s post for the third time. On the other side , Opposition candidate Maithripala is looking for this most prestigious seat as a change. Any administration will have it’s own weaknesses.

About the Common Candidate Concept

When it comes to the Tamil people , it is high time to think seriously about this matter. Rather than listening to some foolish advices and making a wrong move, it is better to think in your own and take a decision. I personally feel that the same tamils who voted for Sarath Fonseka (SF) in 2010 , this time should change their minds and make a right decision. Without voting for a winning leader , you cannot expect a permanent solution for your problem. On the other side , those who call themselves as the common candidates , they have not solved any tamil issues. They have got some part of ruling in the past, but still they have not succeeded in their endeavors. According to my calculation there are about 3 to 4 common candidates. A moderate citizen will say , how do you call yourself as a common candidate when there are 3 to 4 candidates calling themselves as common candidates.

There is no clear definition for Common Candidate. Even those are interested in this subject do not know the meaning of common candidate. Suppose if two or three candidates come forward to represent themselves as “Common Candidate” , then the meaning of common candidate will not be materialized. Any rational thinking person will not agree to this point. This will be a joke. I personally feel that Common Candidate is a Googly( ” a fool’s trap in cricket ) put forward by some parties to cover their weaknesses. But people of this country are not fools. They understand the real story. This clearly shows the power hungry parties are struggling to find a better opponent to fight against MR. But unfortunately; they could not succeed on this as of this date because Maithripala will not be able to face MR.Maithripala contesting election based on some personal problems and it has nothing to do with common public.

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TNA’s stand on presidential election

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) remains undecided on extending support to either of the two main presidential candidates. TNA is always undecided on main issues. This is not an exception.
TNA Parliamentary Group leader R. Sampanthan told a weekend paper, “We are monitoring the situation. We are yet to take a decision on the matter”. He said consultations with other political parties too were in progress.But TNA has not arrived to an agreement still. As such, TNA is popular for Disagreement than agreement. But we also understand that, TNA is divided on Presidential election.

When Maithripala sisrisena’s election manifesto released , TNA stalwarts disappointed to see that there is no clause regarding power devolution even at provincial council level.

However, it is understood that some members of the TNA are pushing for a common Tamil candidate. These members have pointed out that supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa or General (retd.) Sarath Fonseka will not be useful for the Tamils. They claim there is a possibility of some of the voters boycotting elections.Tamil people show their frustration towards TNA, since Tamils were forced to vote for a brutal former army commander sarath fonseka during 2010 presidential elections. Still, tamil people have not come out from that shock treatment.

They also say that a Tamil candidate could secure the votes of the displaced persons and get the Tamil voters to come out and vote. However, PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Sidharthan told his party had decided to support President Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential election.

He said the decision was taken as the party was satisfied with the manner in which the Government was handling the IDP issue and development activities.TNA parliamentarian Sumanthiran said in a recent media conference that, tamil people are free to vote or franchise their voting right.

Meanwhile, the SLFP will open a new party office in Jaffna very soon. Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a vice president of the SLFP, will be in charge of the Jaffna district campaign. This will be in addition to Minister Douglas Devananda who is already working for the UPFA in the Jaffna district.


But whatever said and done , the tamils in this country will understand one important fact that, they are now enjoying a reasonably a better peaceful atmosphere. Tamils suffered a lot during the last 3 decade long brutal war. Now they breathe the freedom.Tamils also suffered a lot under CBK period. CBK is a part of Maithripala’s alliance.So can tamils expect a better life under Maithripala ? CBK , SF and RW , all these popular entities have tried their best to sit on the president’s seat, but they failed. Only CBK succeeded in 1994 and enjoyed 2 terms. This alliance decided to put Maithripala as a scape goat. This is a cunning move, because if maithripala loses the election the other popular figures behind him will escape without a backlash.

On the side, Tamils enjoy a better life under MR. But if they feel it is not enough they can discuss and sort it off with the same person MR, who has shown that he is capable of creating a much better future to Tamils.

Muslims stance

Muslims should understand one thing that whether they vote to MR or Maithripala, both are Buddhists. Both follow the Buddhist principles. If muslims are worried about Buddhist extremism, then they should reject both candidates. In other words they should boycott this election or vote to a Muslim candidate for academic interest. In my personal view, I would say that Muslims cannot expect 100% religious freedom in predominantly Buddhist populated country. This is a bitter truth. So Muslims should wisely decide of one candidate who will at least tolerate few things and help them. Even though some Muslim politicians have crossed over to opposition, it is the common Muslim people who will decide to whom to vote.

Whatever said people of this country understand the truth. People in this country including the Tamils live in a peaceful atmosphere due to the end of hostilities in 2009. Tamils can go anywhere. They can speak anything. They enjoy the real freedom and practice & see the democracy in full swing. Tamils have changed a lot. But they should show their effect of change in this crucial election. Tamils vote will definitely be a deciding factor this time, therefore it is expected that majority Tamils will change their minds vote for MR. This is the story we are getting from north. But there some extremist forces are still active in changing these positive tamil minds back to square one. But we hope Tamils will take a right decision at the right time, which will be good for their future.”


  1. gratiaen. says:

    Gratiaen- IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR that this is an attempt by a mischief maker on contract, to mislead and change the Tamil and Muslim voters’minds at the last moment! Unable to believe as it is heard for the first time., Don’t be misled by this version. Think over and use your brains and cast your vote thinking of the prevailing difficult situation of the country and the sufferings of the general public please.


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