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Voters should reject politicians who have a questionable past | (File photo)

With the election/rejection process gaining momentum, the count-down has already begun and the ‘election day’ will dawn before we know it. But, the question arises whether the Sri Lankan voter will act rationally or will be carried away, as it has happened in the past.

Issues
One cannot help wondering as the attention is being given more to accusations thrown at the prominent politicians and the absence of strong defenses. This has given a different face to the whole process.  The voters hear more about such accusations and the main issues of the voters have faded into shadows.

The way in which election campaigns are conducted, it looks like some politicians are all out to see some of their opponents get destroyed politically. This has created a special situation. The reality here is that two kinds of politicians have come into existence. One category represents the ‘accused’ while the other represents the ‘accusers’.

Although it is an undeniable fact that our nation has not been fortunate enough to experience real achievements, we try to convince ourselves that we have enough achievements, showing some physical developments which can be easily seen. It may look very cynical to have such an assumption as this country has some impressive engineering structures which came into being during that period which the last government reigned. However, compared to the magnitude of the issues that have emerged over the years, all such achievements are shadowed by the issues that have remained outstanding. The point raised here is that we cannot be happy about the development achieved. It is a clear indication of the absence of the visionary capabilities of the politicians.

Cost of Living is a monster that hasn’t been brought under control yet. The deterioration in health services brought an additional burden on the people who have been plagued by unemployment. Apart from this the depreciation in the Rupee Value has affected the ‘Purchasing Power’ of people.

The inability to cater to the youth in education resulted in baseless stop-gap measures being taken and illogical solutions like standardization being given to make rural youth happy whereas, it should have been a case of providing equal facilities all over the country. With realities like IT, the failure to have one uniform system for evaluation of performances of youth is the real problem we experience. Higher Education Centres do not have the required support in resources allocation and therefore accommodation has become a serious problem.

Housing is an issue that is gathering force now. Those who were responsible for housing did not understand the realities about ‘limitations’ we have regarding land. As a result we do not have a sound housing policy.

Poverty has offered a fertile breeding ground for criminal activities. The need for an effective law and order system is felt now more than ever with the increasing volume of unsolved court cases.

Above are some of the most prominent ‘issues’ faced by our ‘nation’, though almost all the political parties have failed to address those issues in an ‘Objective Oriented Manner’.

Unavoidable responsibility
Although it should have been the responsibility of the Political Parties to address the problems of the nation, the importance has been directed more towards other matters. If the political parties proposed their solutions to the existing issues that would have been more appropriate. Instead, what we see are activities organized and promoted to destroy rival politicians or the reactions by such accused politicians, making us feel that it is the main issue.

Sidelining main Issues
Reasoning given looks ridiculous as the political parties which are against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government concentrate on convincing the voters not to vote for former president and his supporters, alleged to have been linked to corruption. Those who make these accusations have conveniently forgotten the fact that there are certain politicians in the accusers’ camp who have been corrupt in the past.

Voters may not be faced with a complicated situation when deciding whether or not to vote for President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his allegedly corrupt supporters. The important aspect is whether the alternative party they have chosen to vote for has identified people’s problems and therefore is more a more convincing alternative. Similarly, what is important in assessing the suitability of the parties making the accusations and seeing whether they have a more logically acceptable set of proposals. But, it is understandable that in case where some individuals can’t be accepted, they should be rejected at the elections. No one will find fault with such a decision.

Election campaigns
The way in which election campaigns are conducted, it looks like some politicians are all out to see some of their opponents get destroyed politically. This has created a special situation. The reality here is that two kinds of politicians have come into existence. One category represents the ‘accused’ while the other represents the ‘accusers’. In such an environment, only the Politicians are important and the ‘voters’ are not important as their role is only to vote.

As the politicians are more concerned about themselves, In such an environment, ‘Good Governance’ becomes limited only to the  popular usage of these words as the whole system is designed to preserve the politicians  than the ‘helpless voters’.Democracy we have in Sri Lanka looks more like a system designed by Politicians for the welfare of politicians.