Democracy sans elections – PC elections too postponed – The Dengue Fine should be imposed on President. Udaya Gammanpila
Posted on July 28th, 2017

Translated by A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA

The Provincial Councils Election (Revised) Act draft bill published by a gazette notification on 10th July is to be presented in the Parliament this week.  The objective of this draft bill is to introduce a Law stating that the female representations in the Provincial Councils should at least be a minimum o 30%.  We totally agree for that we do not mind even if it was made a minimum of 50%.  But we have a suspicion whether this government is in a spurious attempt to postpone Provincial Council elections similar to the postponement of Local Government elections?

This was stated by Parliamentarian Mr. Udaya Gammanpila, the leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya addressing a media conference at held at his party headquarters.

Earlier there was rule that 40% of the candidates for Local Government Elections should be youths.  Accordingly the subject Minister should notify through a gazette the number of candidates and the number of youth candidates to be included in a nomination list. But in this Act there is no ruling as such.  It has not even being mentioned the number of female representatives who should from each district.  It should be counted as 30% of the total number of candidates.  As per the Act if there were decimals it should be counted as the closest full number.  For example if the number was 6.5 should it be taken as 6 or should it be taken as 7 because 6.5 is closest to both numbers 6 and 7.  The Alliance will put 6 candidates in their list and the JVP will put 7 candidates in their list.  As per the new Act if there is no 30% minimum the nomination list should be rejected.   In such an instance the JVP will raise objections saying that since the female representation in the Alliance nomination is not proper that list should be rejected.  But the alliance will say that the female representation of 6 candidates is correct.  Now what figure will be accepted by Election Commission – whether it is 6 or 7?

After getting this Act approved the Election Commission will say that the ICC has not formulated the rules properly and until it formulates the rules that they cannot perform the umpire’s job. Or else they would say that the pitch has not been made properly and until the pitch is made properly they will not allow to play the match.  Finally what will happen is the indefinite postponement of the Provincial Council Election also similar to the postponement of the Local Government Elections.

Therefore, an amendment should be brought to this if people’s sovereign right of casting their votes is to be protected without allowing to interfere in it.  To avoid the female representation becoming a strategy for postponing elections, an amendment should be incorporated in the Act stipulating that the Election should announce the female representation required for each district by a gazette notification on the very day of announcing the date of holding the elections.  Otherwise the disease that affected the mini election could get afflicted to the Provincial Council Election as well.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that the constitution would be amended with a view to holding all Provincial Council Elections on the same day. It has said that he current method of holding elections in different regions on different days had resulted in the waste of resourc, inconvenience to the public, violence associated with polls activities, electoral fraud and misuse of state-owned properties. The cabinet has approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to amend the Provincial Council Election Act ti ensure that elections to all provinces should be held on the same day.

Addressing another PHU media conference MP Udaya Gammanpila said that due to the inefficiency of the inept government the official number of dengue patients has exceeded one lakh and the dengue death toll has exceeded 300.  The real situation is more dangerous than this. Today the hospitals are overflowed with dengue patients and you find dengue patients sleeping not only in hospital beds but also sleeping on tables, underneath the beds, on steps to upper floors and on corridors. Under this situation the patients are even compelled to obtain treatment by remaining in their houses.  Details of these patients are not included in government reports. Yet, even after 3 months the government has not been able to control the dengue mega epidemic situation.  Therefore we request the government to announce a dengue medical emergency situation.

What the government has to do initially is to postpone non emergency operations for one month. If there was a temporary control on patients with non critical operation requirements and endurable conditions getting admitted to hospitals the beds required by them could be allocated to dengue patients. Similarly if there was a temporary control on patients getting admitted to hospitals for non-emergency tests the beds required by them also could be allocated to dengue patients

More than all this the indigenous treatment methods are very important.  There is no treatment method or medicinal treatment for dengue under western medical science.  What is being done under the western treatment methods is the control of complicated situations arising due to the illness. But under the indigenous treatment system there are numerous treatment methods to cure this disease.  I am personally aware of incidents of curing dengue patients who were about to die through indigenous treatment.   But there is no recognition for those doctors by the government. Patients continue to die and get subjected to complicated situations but there is no government programme to direct these patients to indigenous doctors.  Therefore we request the government to focus its attention on indigenous treatment methods.  Unfortunately a nation that eliminated the cruel terrorist tiger is struggling without being able to eliminate the tiny dengue mosquito.

The government now file cases and impose fines for people having places that contain dengue mosquito larvae.  If these larvae were found in a house, the head of the household gets fined.  If they were found in a factory or in an industry the owner of the factory or the industry will get fined.  If they were found in a school the Principle of that school will get fined. Then who should be fined for prevailing dengue mosquito larvae in the country for several months? The government may take concrete action to control dengue only if the President was imposed a fine on a daily basis. (niz)

2 Responses to “Democracy sans elections – PC elections too postponed – The Dengue Fine should be imposed on President. Udaya Gammanpila”

  1. dingiri bandara Says:

    In the absence of any Western treatment, is there in harm in trying the Papaya Leaf treatment? Should not some research be done?

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    What we are seeing NOW is the RESURRECTION of Militant Separatism in the North & East!

    If we KEEP DISMANTLING bases of the ARMED FORCES and EMPOWERING Separatist LOcal Governmernts in the North & East, we will SOON HAVE a Full Fledged Militant Separatist Movement in the North & East!


    OUST the Yamapalanaya NOW before the SITUATION GETS OUT OF HAND and RESTORE a PATRIOTIC government!


    REPEAL the 13th Amendment,
    DISSOLVE the Provincial Council System,
    STRENGTHEN the Executive Presidency,
    RESTORE ALL BASES of the Armed Forces DISMANTLED since 2009,
    RESTORE and STRENGTHEN the National Security & Military Intelligence Services,
    STRENGTHEN the Protection Against Terrorism Security Legislation,
    REPEAL the Missing Persons Act,
    REJECT the ETCA agreement as a CREEPING ANNEXATION of Sri Lanka by India,
    RENEGOTIATE the Hambantota Port LEASE Agreement,
    ARREST & PROSECUTE ALL Separatist TRAITORS to the Nation,
    and ABROGATE ALL COMMTMENTS made by the TRAITOR Avamangala SAmaraweera to the United Nations!


    Ava gang responsible for attack on police officers in Jaffna – IGP
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017, 10:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 31, Colombo: Members of a gang called ‘Ava’ were responsible for the attack on two policemen at Kopai in Jaffna yesterday, the police said.

    Revealing the details of the attack, the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera said a comprehensive operation is underway to apprehend the suspects.

    Two policemen came under attack of a gang of thugs, who arrived at the scene of the incident on four motorcycles and assaulted the policemen with swords and clubs in Kopai yesterday.

    The IGP visited Jaffna today to inspect the situation and also inquired into the welfare of the two policemen who are receiving treatment at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

    IGP Jayasundera directed the senior police officers in Jaffna to apprehend the suspects as soon as possible.

    “We have identified the person who was leading this team (Ava gang). He was an ex-LTTE,” the IGP said addressing the media after meeting with the Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran and members of the police.

    The IGP instructed the police to use minimum power and be cautious in carrying out their duties in an environment where war situations prevailed for several years.

    He said the Special Task Force (STF) will be deployed and if needed, the police will get the assistance of the Army and the Navy to ensure law and order in the area.

    “We are in the process of police patrolling, checking and arresting suspects, with the assistance of the STF and if we need we are going to get the assistance of Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force as well to get this area under proper control,” he said.

    Until the police arrest the all responsible wrong doers and bad characters, this special search, operation and patrol system will be implemented.

    “One law in the country has to be applied for everybody,” the IGP stressed.

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