According to newspapers the Elections Commissioner has suggested to
start the counting of votes the day after the elections starting in the
A more practicable method would be to do the counting of the votes at
the Polling Station itself as soon as practicable after the closing of
the polls. If it is not practicable or for any other reason not possible
to count the preference votes also at the Polling Station that could be
done at the Central Counting Centre.
Counting at the Polling Station itself would expedite the results of
the voting and save a lot of expense to all concern. The same official
staff could be asked to stay on, or if more is necessary they could be
asked to report at the Polling Station a few minutes before the closing
time to participate in the counting.
The Polling Agents of the candidates could also double up as the
counting agents. The counting process and the necessary formalities
could be concluded in less than about two hours after the closing time.
This would not necessitate vehicles, motor cyclist speeding behind
the vehicles carrying ballot boxes and it will reduce the number of
persons wanting to go into the Central Counting centres and the Election
Department’s expenses will be less in catering and for logistics.
If counting at every Polling Station would bring about a security
problem the counting could be done in a few Central Polling Stations,
which could collect the ballot boxes of a cluster of Polling Stations
close by between five to ten Polling Stations.
This could be based even on the former Ward System of the Municipal
Councils, Town Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas. For example at present in
the Colombo District the ballot boxes of a remote Polling Station in
Avissawella has to be collected and brought into Colombo for the
At the conclusion of the polling at the Polling Station the Presiding
Officer of the Polling Station could certify the number of ballots
issued, spoilt and other details with copies to the polling agents. And
after the counting the results should be certified by the Presiding
Officer and he/she should give a copy to the Polling Agents/Counting
The respective Candidates Agents could also certify the Presiding
Officers copies. The Presiding Officer could take these results (also
send earlier by fax) to the main election office in the district, which
shall collect all the certified results sheets and announce the end
The Commissioner could instruct where the ballots boxes should be
sent. The counting under these conditions could ensure a more accurate
counting as there would be less tension and fatigue involved.
If the counting of the Preference votes (Manape) is also done after
counting the votes at the same venue it will also ensure a more accurate
counting of the Preference votes and prevent manipulation of Preference
It will prevent a likelihood of a apparent loser on the preference
vote consenting to add his few preference votes to a candidate/s
fighting for a place at the bottom of the Party list or even to add to
the top winners - Winner takes it all!
DEEPTHI DE MEL - Colombo 3
According to historians there had been only three ancient kingdoms in
historic Wayamba namely Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa and Kurunegala. However,
there had been a fourth kingdom in Wayamba at Panduvasnuwara. There are
ruins of a king’s palace surrounded by a moat and other building
signifying a king’s rule.
The sacred tooth relic of Gautama Budda had also been housed, guarded
and venerated in the complex.
It is believed that King Panduvasdeva reigned for 30 years in 504 BC
in Panduvasnuwara kingdom.
He was said to be a nephew of Prince Vijaya who reigned for 38 years
till his ascension in 543 BC at Tambapanni. There is another relief that
the kingdom of Panduvasnuwara was administered by King Nissankamalla for
nine years from 1187 to 1196. He was a Kalinga Prince.
Could any historian enlighten as to the existence of a kingdom of
Panduvasnuwara in historic Wayamba.
J N FERNANDO - Nattandiya
After the arrest of the Peruvian child assassin, the 84-year-old
Carlos Morin, the entire tragedy has developed in a vehement manner.
What hurts him the most is the deliberate murder of his own son. It
happened 57 years ago. He was 27 years old then. It happened in an
abortion clinic. “That place was a pigsty, a slaughter”, Morin would
assert. The voluntary interruption of a state of hope was realized
Not so long after, he had high hopes of actually having another son.
He was able to plan this in four different occasions. All the
pregnancies finished in unwished for abortion; like that of his first
tragedy. The post-abortion symptoms will burden him throughout the rest
of his life.
On the other hand, Esperanza Puente, direct victim of the voluntary
and provoked abortion, intervened in the presentation of the book I
Aborted. This book retells the stories of mothers that have murdered
their own children by committing an abortion.
Voluntary abortion creates physical sturdiness, as well as different
and arduous states of mind for the woman. The crisis of the
post-traumatic stress begins.
This crisis evolves with great suffering and fear that leads the
woman to depression, an increased consumption of alcohol and drugs,
changes in nutrition, anxiety, loss of self-esteem and an increase in
Women that have abortions see the death of their own children with an
air of indifference. We live in a culture of death that surrounds us
everywhere with a vicious egoism, brutal violence and zero respect for
the human life of an innocent unborn.
“The child that is to be born is a human being from the initial
moment of conception and his or her life should be respected. That life
was redeemed by Christ, that life is a gift from God”, asserts the Swiss
theologian, Karl Barth. (Translated by Gianna. A Sanchez-Moretti)
CLEMENTE FERRER - via email
What is the use of playing Test matches on feather-bed wickets such
as in the 2nd Test at the SSC Ground? Is it to boost the prestige of Sri
Lankan Cricket and Cricketers, enabling them to amass 1005 + 2005 + big
It is a futile exercise, because the opposition could do likewise,
did India and only makes for as ‘dull as ditch-water’ cricket and kills
off the fans.
A more serious consequence is that when Sri Lanka plays abroad, it is
on ‘neutral’ wickets, the players are not so successful. If you doubt
thus, compare their home and abroad results.
To be the No. 1 team, the cricketers must be able to play on all
types of surfaces and they must do so now, first in Sri Lanka. There is
a good blend of experienced and young players, but it is imperative that
they practice under all types of condition and pitches.
DION J WALLES - Colombo 6
Looking back to the history the topography of the Kandy region is a
hidden secret to Sri Lanka. Foreign invasions could not carry out
successfully due to the topography around the Kandy city. This is the
main reason to establish Tooth Relic inside the Kandy city.
The historic value and priceless landscape is most important to the
Please consider all the facts and request architects and engineers to
prepare a master plan for most economical and efficient landscape with a
Introduce a city bus service (natural Gas) stopping all of the
passenger cars. This will provide more jobs and less smoke in the city.
The designers can incorporate a waste management plan and disposal
system to remove the smelly waste dumping ground at Gohagoda garbage
mountain in Katugastota, Kandy.