‘LG polls results show people’s approval of government policies’
This victory shows the country and the entire
world that the people of this country clearly approve the
government’s policies and programmes. It shows that the people truly
feel the development that is taking place in the country. The people
have directly rejected all accusations directed at the government by
the Opposition who state that the government is stealing while
carrying out development projects and has lost the support of the
And some tears cannot go uncommented...
A few years ago, when I was associated with the
National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT), I helped put together a
booklet about media representation of the conflict. The title was
'Some tears are not newsworthy'. It spoke to inequality and
privileging apparent in how the unfolding events were being
portrayed in certain sections of the media, both local and foreign.
Winning by losing
When the results of last week’s Local Government
elections came out, one can be sure that many on the side of the
governing party heaved a sigh of relief. It is not that in total, in
elections held on both March 17 and July 23, the United People’s
Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won 250 out of 299 Councils and 2,351
members. It was not even that the UPFA got its best result,
islandwide, in Delft.
Democracy scores big in the North
That the UPFA had won the overall majority of Local Government bodies
in the 2011 LG polls was clear from the results of the first phase in
March this year. The polls last Saturday only confirmed this, giving it
250 local bodies of 330 that were polled on both occasions.