This is Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 Day Work Programme. It lays out day by day, week by week what he promises to do. I’ve transcribed and formatted it here because I couldn’t find a good English version online. There is some stuff he can do on his own but there is some stuff which depends on him getting a majority of Parliamentarians to join him.
It’s a very ambitious plan and he has a mandate, but he will need continued public support to actually drive these reforms through. I think these polices are greatly in the public and national interest, but have a read for yourself and see. I’ve used a highlighter.
January 2015 good governance
- The new President, Maithripala Sirisena, will take his oath of office
– This actually happened one day early, on Friday the 9th. Ranil was also sworn in as PM
- A Cabinet of not more than 25 members, including members of all political parties represented in Parliament, will be appointed with Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister
– Ministers were appointed one day late on January 12th. There’s a full list here. 27 Cabinet Ministers, 11 State, 9 Deputy.
- In order to strengthen democracy, a National Advisory Council will be set up inclusive of representatives of parties represented in Parliament as well as Civil Society organizations.
– The National Executive Council (they’ve changed the name) met on January 15th. So far it’s reported that the SLFP (Maithripala), UNP (Ranil) and JVP (Anura Kumar Dissanayake) attended. Other sources have reported that JHU (Champika Ranawaka), Democratic Party (Sarath Fonseka) and ACMC (Rishad Bathiudeen) also attended.
- Parliament will meet
– A group of party leaders met on the 19th and Parliament is meeting on the 20th, one day late.
- The Standing Orders will be amended and, in terms of Proposal 67/10 now tabled in Parliament, Oversight Committees will be set up comprising members of Parliament who are not in the Cabinet will be established and their Chairmanship will be given to representatives of all Ministers in consultation with the leaders of all parties represented in Parliament.
– This is late, but everything is a few days behind now.
- The process will begin of abolishing the authoritarian executive presidential system and replacing it with an executive of a Cabinet of Ministers responsible to Parliament, and of repealing the 18th Amendment to the Constitution with legislation to establish strengthened and independent institutions, including a Judicial Services Commission, a Police Commission, a Public Service Commission, an Elections Commission, a Commission against Bribery and Corruption and a Human Rights Commission. This will be through a 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which will be presented to Parliament and passed as swiftly as possible.
- A Code of Conduct will be introduced for observation by all representatives of the People.
- An all party committee will be set up to put forward proposals to replace the current Preference Vote system and replace it with an Mixed Electoral System that ensures representation of individual Members for Parliamentary Constituencies, with mechanisms for proportionality.
- A Vote on Account will be introduced in Parliament to implement special measures to provide relief to the people by reducing the rising Cost of Living.
– this has sorta been done through the budget
- Salaries will be raised and direct and indirect taxes on necessary goods and services will be reduced.
– This has sort of been done through the budget
February 2015 independence
- 02 (Mon)
- An Ethical Code of Conduct will be introduced legally for all representatives of the people.
- 04 (Wed)
- Independence Day will be celebrated with re-establishment of Democracy and Good Governance and the Sovereignty of the People.
- 05 (Thur)
- Special Commissions will be appointed to investigate allegations of massive corruption in the preceding period
- 06 (Fri)
- A Bill to implement the National Drugs policy will be tabled, following adoption of the Policy by Cabinet.
- 18 (Wed)
- Independent Commissions will be established and required appointments made
- 19 (Thur)
- The National Audit Bill will be introduced and passed within 3 weeks
- 20 (Fri)
- The Right to Information Bill will be introduced and passed within 3 weeks
March 2015 laws
- 02 (Mon)
- New elections laws will be prepared in accordance with the proposals put forward by the all party committee
- 17 (Tue)
- Amendments to change the system of elections will be placed before Parliament and passed as swiftly as possible
- 18 (Wed)
- The National Drugs Policy will be passed by Parliament
- 19 (Thur)
- The National Audit Bill will be passed by Parliament
- 20 (Fri)
- The Right to Information Act will be passed by Parliament
- 23 (Mon)
- The Constitutional Council will be set up and the process of making appointments to and establishingIndependent Commissions will begin
- 23 (Mon)
- The Constitutional Council will be set up and the process of making appointments to and establishing Independent Commissions will begin
April 2015 elections called
- 20 (Mon)
- A Parliamentary system will be put in place instead of the Executive Presidential system.
- 23 (Thur)
- Parliament will be dissolved and free and fair elections held under a caretaker government. Following that election, the Prime Minister will be appointed from the party getting the highest number of seats at such election, with a Deputy Prime Minister from the party getting the next highest number.A National Government of all parties represented in Parliament will be established to govern for a period of at least two years.
Under that government a National Policy Framework will be formulated to deal with the principal challenges the country faces, and a political culture will be developed to act in accordance with that Framework.
The nation is suffering from authoritarianism, and decisions taken by a few family members with no consultation of or care for the people. The destruction of ethical and socio-cultural values has led to grave suffering, through massive waste and abuse and corruption and absolute impunity. We need therefore to provide immediate relief to those who are oppressed, and embark on social and economic reforms that will restore normalcy and lead to prosperity for all.
I think it’s a good plan which will build the legislative infrastructure for a prosperous and fair society. It also has a built in election so the people can give him a fresh mandate, or correct him if he’s messed up. I think it’s a good deal, but Maithri will need more than your vote to make it happen. This complete renovation of our democracy requires constant public support, criticism and involvement. So, if you’re feeling excited today, stay involved. If you’re feeling low, stay involved as well.
Sri Lanka is a wonderful country and it belongs to all of us. We now have a chance to build the political and cultural infrastructure for generations to come.