WHAT A TRAGEDY - it is comical that the real news of the day, is overshadowed by the fake news of the day, of pure speculation on the outcome of the No Confidence Motion against the PM - and PUNDITS ARE PONTIFICATING while IGNORING - CRIMES BEING COMMITTED UNDER THEIR NOSES IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
Serious money is changing hands and there is no one even in the Inland Revenue Department querying where this money has come from to bribe these new members from all parties to change sides in appointing/electing their Chairman.
It is no secret that the Chairmen of a Pradeshiya Sabhas (Mayors) have enormous powers in authorizing shady deals for money, against the public interest, especially in areas of “Environmental Carnage”.
Is it therefore surprising that money can be offered to gain these positions, which makes a complete mockery of the local government elections, and the questionable people who have been elected, some by public vote, and others by being appointed by whoever was authorized. By and large, the BUDD (pohottuwa) were elected to the Councils, though many voters honestly did not know who they were voting for as they were merely voting for a symbol.
So this is what we are left with.
It is clear that this was not the INTENTION of the writers of the rules and laws for the Local Government, they believed a fairer system was going to take place where there was going to be a person accountable to ALL the residents of a ward who can go to in case of need, and at the same time reflect the pulse of the voter, by distributing the mix in a PR kind of way.
Neither has happened. The local representative is a person with ties to the underworld and will only do anything for a resident if it is in his interest first and not necessarily in the interest of the resident. Secondly due to the nature of the horse trading that we have seen this past week, with money changing hands, it is clear that the position as a representative of the people has been overthrown and replaced by a person who is going to enhance his personal agenda, whatever that may be and varies from individual to individual.
It is clear that the conditions prior to the election were far more favorable to the residents than that after, implying that the whole election was a complete and utter farce.
With the 25% female representation issue, even there, questions arise as to the suitability of most of the people who have been nominated, as many don’t have a representation within their area, and are merely there due to being in favor with the appointer, the Local Organizer of the political party concerned. Another black mark on public representation. Why is this not HIGHLIGHTED?