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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vote I did. Not!

For the first time since I was eligible to vote, I did not. But it's OK. I still voted. Solomon, who claims even MR is UNPish - only he doesn't know it - organized a vote for us here in Japan. It didn't matter that he had never voted before in his long and eventful life, because the bus fair to the polling center was too high. Without further ado I'll reproduce the mail we got.

Dear All,
As all of you are aware, the 6th Presidential Election of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka will be held tomorrow the 26th of February 2010. Due to the fact that we are residing abroad, we will not be able to carry out our civic duty and constitutional right of participating in choosing a leader for the next 6 years. Therefore, a representative election has been organized in the XXX building for you all to cast your vote. This is an invitation to all duty conscious Sri Lankans to cast your all important vote at the venue below within the time frame also given below. All logistics has been taken care of. Please bring your passport or alien card without fail to prevent election violations.

Election Centre : XXX
Time : 12.00 ~ 12.45

The count of the ballot, and presentation of results will be carried out from 12.45~13.00.

(Election Commissioner)

We duly obliged, being the educated and responsible lot we are and all. Out of 14, one was invalid but with an overwhelming majority SF won. 9 to 4 that is. Maybe because MR did not get to display his king pose everywhere around here. Accusations were also made as to rural votes were not cast and that being MR's stronghold the election wasn't fair. Rural votes in the sense the other two buildings of our company where some of us islanders work. But that didn't matter as SF was elected, and there were rumors that the work PCs of the four voters who cast their vote for MR would be destroyed.

It's all really tense here.