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“I will top the preferential votes” -Thilanga

The UPFA will win the WPC with a landslide victory. The People are really impressed with the war victories and the administrative decisions taken by the government. They also have a lot of faith in the President, and based on those, I’m sure that the people will vote for the UPFA.

In the last few weeks, I have campaigned extensively in all the electorates, and I have received a good response from the people. I think there are many reasons behind their support: people have seen what I have done and they believe in my ability to make a difference in the provincial council. So I’m sure that I will become the candidate with the highest number of preferential votes, and then let the party decide who the best person for the job is

Q: There is only a week left for the election. Do you think that you will be able to top the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance preferential votes list?

A: The UPFA will win the WPC by a landslide victory. People are really impressed with the war victories and the administrative decisions taken by the government. They also have a lot of faith in the President, and based on those I’m sure that the people will vote for the UPFA.

In the last few weeks, I have campaigned extensively in all the electorates, and I have received a good response from the people. I think there are many reasons behind their support: people have seen what I have done and they believe in my ability to make a difference in the provincial council. So, I’m sure that I will become the candidate with the highest number of preferential votes, and then let the party decide who the best person for the job is.

Q: You have promised to carry out a lot of work in the Western Province. Do you think that you will be able to accomplish them with the powers bestowed on the PC, and do you think that the funds provided by the Central Government are sufficient for this?

A: Definitely, a person who has the will and the capacity, can easily do a lot with the powers given to the provincial councils under the 13th amendment. And I also don’t think that the government will hesitate to give funds if we put forward a proper plan. The President knows the importance of developing the western province as the base to develop the country after the war. So the important thing is to have a proper plan to develop the province.

Q: At the start of your campaign, you claimed that you have identified major areas that you need to focus on, like the development of the infrastructure and education. After weeks of campaigning, have you identified new issues? For example, garbage?

A: Garbage is only one of the issues that have not been properly addressed. CMC has a serious problem with managing their garbage, and I think that this should have been handled by the provincial council, which can look into the issue from a broader perspective.

Then again, I also think that the PC has to look into these issues and encourage and push local authorities to do the maximum so that they can give better results.

Q: Last week Presidential advisor Vasudewa Nanyakkara wrote to the President complaining that Minister Mervin Silva is behind the garbage issue. So to solve this issue, you have to fight with people from your own party?

A: I don’t know what is going on, and I think that the Court will rule out a decision. I don’t want to get involved with this, but I’m sure I can tackle it.

Q: The violence between the UPFA candidates has reached a point where the President had to warn them. Won’t this have a negative impact on the outcome of the election?

A: This is an issue that is in every party, and is not limited to only the UPFA. It is the outcome of the preferential voting system. As long as this continues, there will be intense competition between candidates and it will lead to violence. I believe that the preferential system is essentially negative, as it affects the morale of political parties, because they have to compete with each other, who are their comrades.

Q: A lot of money has been spent by some of the candidates for the election propaganda?

A: I believe that each one should be allowed to do propaganda according to his/her capacity and spending power. It is a very competitive election, and the candidates should be able to spend money freely. But at the end of the day, people will decide who is most the capable, eligible, and suitable to serve them.

Then again I don’t think money is the sole decider of the outcome. Spending alone is not enough; if the people do not trust a candidate he will not win.

 

 


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