Democracy: The Way Forward with New Governance

The present form of democracy in Heladiva ('Sri Lanka') is based on the old Westminster parliamentary system, introduced to the Island by the British during their colonial occupation. Since its introduction, this adversarial party-based system of democracy has repeatedly failed to deliver peace and prosperity to the Island.

The Westminster system divides the people of this Island along party lines and ethnic lines, debilitating their capacity to see clearly that which is in the Nation's best interest. The Westminster system has failed to uphold the sovereignty of the indigenous Hela culture, its values and traditions. It has also failed to provide self-governance for communities at a local level. All these are matters are at the heart of past and recent conflict. The way forward then is to embrace and institute a new form of governance that can uphold the peace and deliver prosperity to all who live on the Island.

To this end, we advocate a novel form of democracy: The Hela System of Democracy or The Hela Democracy. It was inspired by our traditional and truly democratic Hela institution: The Gam Sabawa (The Village Council). This novel democracy is arguably the world's best, and the best the world has seen. The Hela System of Democracy is the solution for upholding the sovereignty of the Hela Culture at a national level and for self-governance for all communities at a local level. It is the key to peace and universal prosperity for all people on our Island home.

The Hela Democracy

The Hela System of Democracy consists of five fundamental and autonomous institutions: the Community Council, the Regional Assembly, the National Assembly, the Supreme Council and the Head of State.

The People directly elect their Community Council, the Supreme Council and the Head of State. Members of the Regional Assembly and National Assembly are elected indirectly by the People and consist of elected representatives from the Community Councils.

The Community Council, the Regional Assembly and the National Assembly represent the three levels of governance and legislatures of the State. The Supreme Council forms the executive and can be likened to the 'Cabinet' of the Parliamentary system of democracy.

However, unlike the Parliamentary system there is no concept of 'governing party' or 'opposition party' in the Hela System of Democracy. The Hela system is not a divisive adversarial system and does not adhere to the belief that there can only be two sides to an argument. In fact, the Hela system embraces diverse points of view.

An important distinction of the Hela System of Democracy is that elected representatives of the People debate and vote on issues according to their conscience; guided by the sacred Hela values of Humanity, Wisdom and Self-sufficiency. In this way diverse points of view are embraced, discussed and debated; the  views of the majority and minorities are expressed equally whilst primacy of the common good is maintained. (Therefore the system is not subservient to party politics or special interest groups as is the case in many western democracies).

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ..That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." 

- The unanimous Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 by the thirteen united States of America