The Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
The Agenda Of A Succesful Future President Offset Against The Presidential Race.
The Forthcoming election for the next Executive President by late November 2005 appears to be enmeshed not only in circumspect speculation but also a degree of uncertainty as to who would emerge the ultimate victor.On paper at least and listening to the voices at street level it appears that it would be a cake walk for incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse. (with a little help from his friends. )
But then there is the anticipated skulduggery, subterfuge and intimidations in the form of election malpractices particularly in the North and East being planned in all probabilities by the LTTE / TNA alliance towards coercing through intimidation or any other means, their obviously favoured candidate Ranil Wickremasinghe.
It must be remembered that despite close scrutiny by Foreign Monitors the LTTE indulged in similar manner towards the eventualities which projected the TNA into Parliament previously which was none other than a farce!
Such a manifestation of irregularities would more than likely be with the covert approval of the leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe himself, in the event of indications of a resounding loss showing on the cards towards the end his campaign, a plan B according to some analysts as opposed to a straightforward normal democratic and fair electoral contestation.
Something which needs to be anticipated and remedial preventive action
set in place if thus required so that the entire scenario of the Presidential
election does not turn out to be another farce which would require setting
in place stringent measures albeit of a mitigating nature which could
turn out to be some Fait Acompli for the authorities given the volatile
nature of any election related climate within Sri Lanka.
A factor which might or might not be confirmed on Nomination Day and could also result in other entries into the contest which could further complicate the smooth running of the Presidential Election Process for the front runners as the issue would then be, how the votes would be split and in whose favour?
Despite much anticipation however about the third candidate retired Major-General Janaka Perara, who has been Sri Lankas High Commissioner in Australia and later transferred to Jakarta, there are breaking news reports that he is more than likely to opt out of the challenge to run for Presidency but time will tell.
Bearing in mind that Presidential elections have changed dramatically in Sri Lanka after the J.R.Jayawardena era where a new constitution was formatted through a two-thirds majority in the 1977 parliamentary elections and in 1978 the constitution ammended to accomodate a near dictatorial concept of the Presidency hitherto unknown in Sri Lankan politics, it has changed the political environment radically through the handing over of supreme powers to the Executive Presidency which makes it a high office which affords an unprecedented overall authority towards governing and administering Sri Lanka.
Something which the experts argue over and over about its meritworthiness
which has perhaps embroiled the Nation in a cauldron of political energies
detrimental toward smooth functioning as it involved too much unilateral
decision making by an all powerful President veritably demonstrated
in recent times and compounded by the inability of the Administration
helmed by an Executive President to address key issues which have been
sidelined in favour of obtuse priorities and the Nation exposed to the
attrocities of a ruthless, deceitful and cunning enemy which have not
been Presidential priorities in need of elimination. putting down in
defeat or being wiped off the face of Sri Lanka completely where the
most obvious conclusions perhaps were based on apprehensive reluctance
in a need to please 'carrot dangling' others or the inability to do
so based on the uncertainty of success or a combination of both !!
The solutions of a Nation battered by insurgency, corruption and political uncertainty is not a Nation forging ahead towards a golden future which can only be realised if the needs and aspirations of all communities are addressed and by no means an easy accomplishment.
It entails turning around a flagging economy, ending the LTTE threat to the Nation permanently which continues to hamper its progress, jettisoning unwelcome mediators who have turned into infiltrators favourable to the oppressors of the nation, restoring a permanent peace for all communities and reconstructing the infrastructure of the Sri Lankan Nation based on focussing attentions towards strong values that can bring peace, dignity, self-respect to members of all communities in restoring a normal order of things which needs to be part of the main agenda of any succesful presidential candidate whose victory would then undoubtedly be assured!
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