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Archive for September 10th, 2012

PC Polls – the Government moves down a notch By Harim Peiris

Posted by harimpeiris on September 10, 2012

The elections to the three provincial councils, the North Central, the Sabaragamuwa and the Eastern Provincial Council concluded over the weekend and the results provide some interesting political trends.

At the very outset, it should be recognized that the government faced and conducted these elections on a basis that was as tailor made to its agenda as possible. If the PC elections were a cricket match, you would have claimed not just that the pitch was made in a manner friendly to the home (governing side) but actually doctored to fit its own needs. Since provincial elections are not contests that can conceivably change governments, there are a myriad of factors at play. Support for an opposition is lackluster since irrespective of the outcome, it will continue as the opposition in the central government, a savvy electorate is made to understand the benefits of state patronage by the governing party and in conducting elections in only a part of the country the government gets to focus the full force and intensity of its own efforts and state resources in a very concentrated manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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