Voters at quarantine centres may lose chance for voting

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Voters who are at the quarantine centres are likely to lose the opportunity to cast their ballots at the general election on August 5 due to the absence of legal provisions to arrange advance voting for them, an official said yesterday.

The Election Commission has already revoked its previous decision to conduct polling for them on July 31 since the law does not provide for it.

Asked about the latest situation, its chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told Daily Mirror polling would not be taken at the quarantine centres most probably. However, he said the final decision about such voters would be taken at the Commission’s meeting scheduled for August 1.

“We will not take polling at the quarantine centres,” he said.

He said it would be less than 500 voters living at the quarantine centres at the moment. However, he said separate arrangements would be made for those under self-quarantine for casting their ballots on the day of polling at special booths.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Buddhist Thursday, 30 July 2020 05:01 PM

    Rajapakse will now lock all those whom he suspects will vote for SJB at the quarantine camps.

    Sad Truth Thursday, 30 July 2020 06:07 PM

    Democracy only in name not functioning. Time to leave Sri Lanka

    dickie bird Thursday, 30 July 2020 08:04 PM

    Thats ok brother of Sunanda. U just need to move on and get on

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 31 July 2020 08:31 AM

    Not fair at all. They have their voting rights.

    bandara jayalath Saturday, 01 August 2020 08:46 PM

    අප රටේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන තරු පහේ නින්දිත දේශපාලනය මෙයයි. පටන් ගත් තැනම සිදු වන්නේ ජනතාව වංචා කිරීමය. සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් පැවැත්වීමට නීතියෙන් බැඳී සිටින මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සභාපති මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය තම වගකීම පාවාදී තවමත් හොඳට නිදි.


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