Another Election - A Presidential Election
Sri Lanka is facing another election. The Presidential Election 2005. Normally Sri Lankans vote once a year. Its either general election, Provincial Elections or some other. But presidential election is normally held once in 6 years unlike other elections where they can be held @ the whim of the President. And now 13 candidates had file papers to run for Precidency. Yes. That is 13! Thirteen candidates from thirteen registered political parties. How many do we have? Take a guess. Over 50! I think the highest in the world. Ofcource many parties don't have more than 10 members. The standing joke is that many candidates don't even get their wife's vote for them.
The true battle is between Mahinda Rajapakse of UPFA ( United People'sl Freedom Alliance) & Ranil Wickramasinghe of UNP (United National Party). Mr. Rajapakse is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka & Mr. Wickramasinghe is the Opposition Leader. The battle is going hard & fast in Sri Lanka, with the usual mud slinging in full pelt. PM is seen as a person morefriendly towards Sinhalese Buddhist majority & he has the full backing of Marxists JVP & JHU, which is formed by Buddhist monks. Mr. Wickramasinghe mean while has the support of CWC, which is the major party of Tamil Minority & SLMC, the Muslim Party. His stance is not very clear & the conduct of leaders of CWC & SLMC parties are very dubious.
Right now there is no clear winner to be seen in the contest. One is a people's man, while the other is a businessmen's man. What we need is some one with both attributes to take our country forward. But as usual we have to choose the lesser of two evils. I think the first one is the best.