By Nirmala Kanangara -In Putalam and Kurunegala districts Pictures by Lalith Perera
Monday, September 02, 2013
In therun up to the North Western (Wayamba) ProvincialCouncil elections next month, people in bothKurunegala and Puttalam districts are yet to showany interest in elections.This was clearly evident when travelling in bothdistricts last week.
Buying Water in Udappuwa and The gravel road leading to Digiliya
For them canvassing for a party or for a candidate is not an important feature in their lives asthey are battling hard to survive due to the sky rocketing cost of living.Unlike on previous occasions, hardly any decorations were seen in the province. Only blueflags were seen fluttering in some places but green and red flags were not seen in most of theareas but in very few places.“There was a time we supported political parties and their candidates. They were with us untilthe election is over and thereafter we were a forgotten lot. They get us to do illegal work for them and when we get caught to the legal authorities they turn a blind eye. Politics have become the dirtiest job in the country that show no mercy,” said a group of people in Chilaw.Meanwhile, those who support the opposition parties accused Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya of allowing the government to carry out development projects inWayamba which they claim to be an election gimmick.However, ruling party supporters claim otherwise. For them this is not an election gimmick butPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa’s development programmes aimed at converting this country tothe ‘Wonder of Asia’. Several development projects have been initiated targeting the upcomingelection and the Elections Commissioner has allowed these development projects to be carriedout despite calls from the opposition parties to stop them.Opposition candidates contesting elections accused the authorities of maintaining doublestandards and added that had there been an independent Elections Commission, the governmentwouldn’t have been allowed to violate election laws.Meanwhile, the Police in the two districts are also accused of supporting certain candidates asno action has been taken against those who have violated election laws. However people in