17 August 2020
Preferential Voting in Parliament – to Make Law
Sri Lanka’s Jaffna District electoral outcomes were discussed with Political leader Mr M Sumanthiran, by Ms Renuka Thuraisingham of SBS Australia. The interview has been published under the heading ‘They did not listen to me; those who plotted against me lost - Sumanthiran’ – at https://www.sbs.com.au/language/tamil/audio/people-s-ruling-alone-is-important-m-a-sumanthiran?cid=lang:socialshare:facebook
I do not know about Ms Renuka Thuraisingham, but I had to do considerable research to find out how Sri Lanka’s Preferential Voting System worked – especially considering that SLFP candidate Angajan Ramanadan scored highest votes and there was dissatisfaction within the candidates presented by the main party ITAK which as a party that scored 42% in Jaffna Electorate. Victory of an individual is personal. That of a party is institutional. The stronger the Political Institutional structure – the better their performance in Public Administration. Reading the needs of voters in the context of their home areas is important in escalating issues to national level and beyond.
As per Daily News report, the overall Jaffna results were as follows.
1. Angajan Ramanadan SLFP 36,365 (17%) 17%
2. S. Shritharan ITAK 35,884 (17%)
3. M. A. Sumanthiran ITAK 27,834 (14%)
4. Dharmalingam Siddarthan ITAK 23,840 (11%) 42%
5. Douglas Devananda EPDP 32,146 16%
6. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam AITC 31, 658 15%