Sri Lanka drops plan to conduct advance polling for individuals underneath quarantine

Colombo, July 27

Sri Lanka’s election fee on Monday dropped its plan to carry advance voting for individuals underneath quarantine as a result of coronavirus after questions had been raised on its resolution to function cell polling stations.

National Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya on Sunday set July 31 because the date for advance voting for individuals underneath quarantine.

Over 16 million voters are registered to vote on August 5 to elect a 225-member parliament for a 5-year time period.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Deshapriya stated the plan was dropped following complaints made by a number of factions. He stated as there isn’t any laws with respect to superior voting in Sri Lanka, considerations had been raised.

According to the election regulation, voters should forged their votes at official polling cubicles.

The association now can be to increase the polling length to facilitate voting for the individuals underneath quarantine, officers stated.

Even the voters on dwelling quarantine should acquire prior approval from the Ministry of Health to forged their ballots at their respective polling cubicles, election officers stated.

The pandemic which compelled the postponement of the polls date twice has additionally resulted in a change to the votes counting.

The counting would happen solely on the next morning – a departure from the follow of counting them from eight pm on the election evening.

The resolution was taken to adjust to the well being pointers to keep up social distancing and make use of different COVID-19 preventive measures.

The well being pointers had additionally positioned restrictions on campaigning for the election.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 2 dissolved the Parliament, six months forward of schedule, and referred to as for snap polls on April 25.

However, the election fee in mid-April postponed the elections by practically two months to June 20 as a result of coronavirus outbreak within the island nation.

The fee final month knowledgeable the apex court docket that the polls can’t be held on June 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the brand new date was determined following a unanimous resolution reached between the members of the fee.

Sri Lanka’s coronavirus tally presently stands at 2,764 with 11 deaths. PTI


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