The visualisation clearly brings out Sarath Fonseka’s emphasis on ensuring things.Â Coupled with the high frequency of the words improve, create, quality, nation and development, Fonseka’s vision as expressed in his website seems to call upon voters to look towards and together build a better future, underpinned by Fonseka’s own avowed commitment to this task. Unsurprisingly given his background, Fonseka places a high priority on ‘national security‘, defining it to include human security and economic security. The high incidence of the word healthcare comes fromÂ an entire section of his manifesto devoted to the issue.
As we pointed out in our previous visualisation, this is an interesting way to see what is NOT mentioned as well. For example, there is not a single mention of human rights, and just one mention of democracy (“safeguard the Constitution and the peoples’ democracy by ensuring political security”).
Issues as noted on Sarath Fonseka’s manifesto
Sarath Fonseka Manifesto
This is the raw text taken from Sarath Fonseka’s manifesto (English version), which at the time of writing is yet to be featured on his website but is available here. A larger version of this visualisation can be viewed onlineÂ here.
Much like the content on his website, the key word here is ensure. There is a significant emphasis on Sri Lanka and a far greater emphasis on corruption in comparison to the website. Further, unlike the content on the website, the manifesto has much more references to the Rajapakse family. Note however that the high incidence of families is the result of frequent references on how measures will be taken to uplift the lives of ordinary families. Fonseka’s predominant first-person expression when articulating his vision – through words such asÂ take, action – is evident in the manifesto (Wordle strips out I and will, but both are used a lot in the manifesto). Unlike the section devoted to it on the website, there is no emphasis here on security. There is almost equal emphasis on the website and the manifesto on people, though citizens features more prominently on his website.
What do you make of these key words?
As noted in our first post, weÂ will continue to visualise through Wordle key speeches and policy documents of the two leading Presidential candidates over the course of the campaign.