Written by Tharushan Fernando
05 Aug, 2016 | 8:15 pm
Former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Chandra Jayaratne, in an open letter to civil society representatives of the Constitutional Council and to the Elections Commission, states that a compulsory psychometric test needs to be conducted for candidates contesting the position of president, prime minister and similar positions
In the letter, Chandra Jayaratne notes that it is essential that the Constitutional Council and the Elections Commission examine and evaluate, whether nominations acceptance criteria must include a compulsory assessment of the physical and mental health status of high post candidates and future aspirants contesting for election as the president and the prime minister.
The letter states that psychometric testing is believed to be the only accurate predictor of traits and responses of individuals.
The letter adds that a ‘fruitcake test’ has been used by the UK Independence Party to uncover unsuitable characters who might embarrass the party. Such tests were also used during the current US presidential race.
According to experts, a Psychometric Test may provide additional insights about the sustainable leadership qualities of candidates.Such tests could demonstrate the integrity of candidates, highlight enlightened self interest, the ability to see the bigger picture and the ability to appreciate finer details.
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