2014 Electoral Roll was rigged
Posted on July 1st, 2015

Ajit Randeniya

Contrary to the lies and boasts of the gang of thieves behind, the January 8 event was far from a democratic victory they secured at the ballot box, ‘fair and square’; A Sirisena victory never seemed likely during the period leading up to January 8, and Sirisena or Ranil Wickremesinghe themselves never seemed confident of a victory.

But hey presto, the results proved otherwise!

Looking back calmly at the January 8 events and the preceding events show that the surprise of the unlikely “win” possibly drowned rational analysis of the conditions that led to the fraudulent victory. The serendipitous “analyses” by hacks such as the geriatric, arrack-guzzling columnist at the Sunday Leader that attributed the unlikely result to the “unusually high” turnout of ethnic and religious minority voters conformed to the deceitful propaganda by agents of the international mafia, carried out for as little as a bottle of “Gal Arrack”.

The master stroke of the plot was obviously the American and British war mongers’ deployment of a “Flanking manoeuver” to attack President Rajapakse from the side by using a treacherous Maithripala Sirisena: they base their approach to regime change operations on local political, economic and cultural conditions and knew Ranil Wickremasinghe had as much chance of winning a contest against Mahinda Rajapakse as a snowball’s success in hell.

They were fully aware that the vast majority of the general public would continue to flock around President Rajapakse.

So they suggested the only possible way by assembling all political malcontents in the country including the ambitious no-hoper Champika Ranawaka, the separatist TNA and the ungrateful Muslim rabble. Still the numbers do not add up.

There are clear indications that the “unusually high” minority voter numbers and turn out in the North and the East and outer Colombo were “created” by the so-called election monitoring NGOs, who actively campaigned for Sirisena, by rigging the 2014 electoral list to register under age youth and overseas citizens.

The so-called “election monitoring” NGOs started the process under the guise of “voter education” following the dismal UNP defeat at the 2011 local government elections; They blamed lack of voter education for the “high” number of rejected (informal) votes in northern districts. The man named Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of one of the foreign-affiliated NGOs – People’s Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) – lamented “The high number of rejected votes in the northern districts was… due to the [lack of] voter education” Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon, from the other “shady” election monitoring group, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), also blamed the lack of “proper” voter education in the North for the ‘disturbingly’ high amount of rejected votes.

The proportion of votes rejected however, accounting for only 7.91% in Jaffna, 10.8% in Killinochchi and 9.85% in the Mullaitivu district, were not unusually “high” by international standards: as an example Australia, one of the earliest countries in the world to introduce universal suffrage (in 1901), still records an informal vote of around 5-7% per cent regularly at State and federal elections.

The around 10% informal vote in the North and East in 2011, so soon after the defeat of the LTTE, was a clear “protest vote” by the northern Tamil voters under compulsion from the remnants of the LTTE. Knowing the strength of the Sinhala Buddhist majority behind Mahinda Rajapakse, the SLFP and UPFP, the NGOs were clearly seeking to “engineer” the voter behaviour of the minorities in order to accentuate their relevance at future elections.

Edirisinghe outlined plans to conduct small-group discussions about the procedure on “how they should vote” in Kilinochchi and Jaffna, ahead of future elections. The training to be provided extended to their role in the local governments, and even to monitoring of the elected councils after the election, he said. He further emphasised the need to extend the process to conduct “awareness programmes” for the newly elected council members – most of whom, he said, did not have the necessary experience and knowledge about the functioning of the councils. Edirisinghe simply did not appear to know where to stop!

Without giving heed to such inconvenient comparisons, the shady NGOs PAFFREL and CaFFE, together with their incestuous sister organisation, The National Peace Council (NPC), embarked on their “education” campaign, well in advance of the 2015 presidential election.

The fraudulent operation appeared to receive the full sanction of the Election Commission, with the Assistant Commissioner A.K.S. Karunanidhi himself affirming that “most of the voters” were confused and not well educated about the preferential voting system.

The demigod Elections  Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya (affectionately known by all and sundry in the NGO circles and other foreign slave-groups as “Macco”) appeared to have fully authorised the operation. It is clear that the top brass of the Elections Commission – Macco and his two deputies from the relevant minority groups – allowed the corruption to take place by virtually handing over the voter registration process to the NGOS.

The aborted USAID operation of July 2014,  to grant an “award” for $579,000 for an “Election Support through Voter Education (ESVE) program” to conduct targeted voter education “in advance of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections” was expected to provide the financial underpinning of the conspiracy. However, USAID was forced to cancel funding following the Sri Lankan Government objections and “promises” to investigate NGOs receiving grants to implement the project.

The stoppage of USAID “official” funding however, did not seem to have put a stop to their clandestine funding of the operation. The NGOs went about merrily “educating” the Northern, Eastern and Muslim voters about “how to register” in the 2014 electoral list, with encouragement on the under-aged youth and “foreign” citizens to register so as to accentuate their voter power. They were able to undermine the will of the majority in the Sri Lankan democracy through this foreign-inspired corrupt operation.

Now it appears, according to an announcement by the retired Elections Commissioner (the NGOs’ beloved Macco), that the next general election is also to be held using the corrupt 2014 electoral roll, despite the completion of a 2015 voter register but yet to be announced through an official communiqué. Quite an unconvincing curious justification for the use of the 2014 register!

The issue also brings to question the legitimacy of the reign of the lovable Macco himself: astonishingly, he made the announcement from the Pensions Department offices that despite his official retirement from the job and the public service, he would continue to function as Elections Commissioner under the new powers granted under S19 amendments, and will be overseeing the August general elections.

Deshapriya appeared to be so sure of the legitimacy of his position, he casually announced that he will spend around Rs. 4 billion for the upcoming general election, and in keeping with the new anti-Lankan policy, urged the candidates and parties not to use the national flag for election purposes – He surely will not have trouble spending money, considering the army of casual employees, many his personal friends from university days, he employed to ‘police’ the last elections.

The country is expected to take Mahinda Deshapriya’s word on the legitimacy of his holding the all-important position after formal retirement, and no confirmation has been forthcoming from the relevant arms of government or the Public Service Commission. This state of affairs should concern the SLFP and the Rajapakse group greatly.

The overdue dissolution of parliament and the impending new election need to be seen as the opportunity the Sri Lankan people awaiting to take back the country from the foreign and local collective of thieves who stole it on January 8.

Though the dissolution was the desperate attempt by a hapless Maithripala Sirisena – who reminds of the proverbial cat trying to cover the unmentionable on a rock surface – to save his co-conspirator Ranil Wickremesinghe from the adverse findings of the COPE report on the Central Bank bond corruption case, it was about time that he did the deed.

The lack of a popular base to the January 8 conspiracy within the majority parliamentary political party, the SLFP, and among the general public outside the parliament made the continuation of the fraud untenable.

But the UNP boasts of victory – including the precise number of electorates they would win -at the August elections should alert the SLFP to scrutinise the 2014 electoral list prior to the elections or at the polling booth to verify the age and identity of voters who cast their vote. It is apparent that the weakness of “scrutineering” was a key factor in the illegitimate 2014 January presidential elections result and the same should not be allowed to take place at the parliamentary elections.

In the meantime, the legitimacy of the Election Commissioner’s self-appointment to the job after formal retirement needs to be carefully examined.

8 Responses to “2014 Electoral Roll was rigged”

  1. Daya Says:

    who is this villainous “Edirisinghe”? That is a new name!

  2. Cerberus Says:

    Dilrook Kannangara wrote an article about the cheating of the election earlier this year in Lanka Web. Please see it below. According to him there was an astronomical increase in the number of voters in the North, East and Nuwara Eliya.

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/02/01/astronomical-increase-in-number-of-voters-2010-vs-2015-in-tamil-areas-how-is-it-possible/

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    How do the other leaders and concerned citizens of Lanka make sure that the forthcoming General Elections are not flawed too ? Flawed/rigged elections mean Democracy denied to the citizens of Lanka.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    For argument sake, lets AGREE that it was flawed. Why should we believe the next election will NOT be flawed?

    That will be worse flawed because now the NGOs are in the LTTE govt.

  5. Sirih Says:

    Defence knew voter pattern was strange specially hills area which indian NGO was active. I would say some how MR was negligent in this area and very sophisticated voter ringing or manipulation started.
    If MR comes to power this area need to give higher priorities since this is a dangerous for the country and open for manupilation.

  6. Dilrook Says:

    Surely the election was rigged in the north, east and upcountry. A large number of voters there cast two votes and election authorities in Colombo has absolutely no control over what happens there. For instance Jaffna registered voters total 519,000 but the total population in 2012 was only 589,000. Allowing for growth and considering the fact that by 2012 IDPs of Jaffna were fully resettled, this is an excess of around 100,000. Voters living in Jaffna, etc. cast a second vote for their close family members who were either in Colombo or abroad. Few in Colombo travelled to north, east and Nuwara Eliya and cast a second vote.

    Looking at postal voting pattern at the last northern provincial council and eastern provincial council elections clearly shows public servants in the north and the east are sympathisers of TNA separatists. Their support was extended to voter fraud in these areas.

    Repeated writing to the Election Commissioner in 2014 and 2015 using the Tell the Commissioner link in the website resulted in no action.

    However, at the general election, it will be a UNP verses TNA (CWC or SLMC) battle for votes in all these districts. Therefore voter fraud will not change the seats for Mahinda or Sirisena factions.

    PAFFREL and CaFFE are UNP arms. It is illegal for NGOs to do election monitoring as all election monitors are sanctioned by the government.

  7. ranjit Says:

    Yes, politicians and intellectuals must examined carefully what Ajit has mentioned in his last paragraph regarding the election Commissioners self appointment after his formal retirement. This guy cannot be trusted. There were so many rumors about this guy after the Jan 8th elections. He is a fraud and an Agent of the west, a former JVPer. All political parties should pressure the Govt for his retirement. There won’t be any fair election while this guy acts as the election Commissioner.

    Paffrel and Caffe both were western paid movements who were against MR from the beginning. UNP has so many NGO’s like that who were supporting and openly work for them. Sira coming to power was a coup orchestrated by Internal community and the NGO’s who were paid servants of the west. If MR comes back to power he should first investigate how Sira became the President and who helped him etc. The people in this country should know the truth. They tell MR is a thief,Thief always but the people should know the real thieves in this UNP Govt. Should not take revenge but must investigate like bank scam,Rice scam and many which took place during this short period of five months. If MR comes to power he should try to take our country in to 21st century with good education,good jobs,housing,Hospitals,Schools,drug free and lastly real peace for all Sri Lankans to live in Peace.

  8. Christie Says:

    හොර චන්ද ලැයිස්තු ඇත්තවෙන්න පුලුවන්. රටේ දේසපාලනයට ඇඟිලි ගැසීම ඉන්දියානු අදිරදය 1951දී මහ බන්ඩාගෙන් පටන්ගත්තෙ. 2005දී රනිල්ව පැරදෙව්වේ මහින්ද ඉන්දියානු අදිරද අතකොලුවක් කරගැනීමේ බ්ලපොරොත්තුවෙන්ය. නමුත් එම බ්ලාපොරොත්තුව හරිගියේ නැත. 20010දී සරත් ෆොන්සේකා ගෙනාවේත් ඉන්දියානු ජඩවාදයයි. 2015දී චන්ද්‍රිකා ලවා සිරිසේන රූකඩය ගෙනාවේය. 2015දී අන්තර්ජාතික චන්දවිමර්සන සඳහා පොදුරදමඬුලෙන් ආවේ බාරත් ජග්ඩිඕ නැමති ගුයානාවේ ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිතයෙකි. 2005දී අන්තර්ජාතික චන්දවිමර්සන සඳහා පොදුරදමඬුලෙන් ආවේ මයිකල් කූක් නැමති ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ පදින්චි ඉන්දියානු රහස් ඔත්තුකාරයෙකි. අද සින්හලයේ ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිතයින්ගේ ජනගහනය ඉතා ඉක්මනින් වැඩිවෙමින් පවතී. මෙයට හොඳම ලකුන මුන්ගේ චන්ද ලැයිස්තුය. රන්දෙනිය අපව නොමග යැවීමට දරන උත්සාහයක්ද මෙම ලිපිය.

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