Victor predicts crisis after LG polls with no clear-cut victory

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Punarudaya movement yesterday predicted that the forthcoming local government (LG) elections could plunge the country into a political crisis with none of the parties in the fray being able to secure a clear-cut majority.

Victor Ivan of Punarudaya movement told the media at the National Library and Documentation Services Board auditorium in Colombo that the number of local government representatives had doubled and there would be a corresponding increase in the funds to be spent to maintain them, he added.

Highlighting the weaknesses of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, he said neither the President nor the Prime Minister could dissolve parliament even if none of the parties could secure a working majority. Parliament could only be dissolved with a two-thirds majority.

Dr. Sugath Amarajeewa of Punurudaya said his outfit was focused on networking citizens and engaging them in an intellectual discourse with a view to rebuilding a just society devoid of corruption.

Explaining the objective of the movement, Dr. Amarajeewa said it had been established to heal the internal wounds of the society due to prolonged and sustained violence that hurt Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and other communities alike.

The movement was determined to enlighten millions of citizens through scientific thinking so that they would reject social prejudices stemming from caste, religion, race etc. It firmly believed in the infinite power of such organised, democratic citizens to rebuild the society, he said.

"The initial goal of the Punarudaya Movement is to have 1,000,000 members in its network with the support of latest technologies such as social media platforms. We have already held 180 discussions for a year and there are positive responses from the public."

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