EC to develop health manual to conduct polls

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The Election Commission has initiated discussion with the health authorities to formulate a manual of guidelines to conduct the parliamentary elections in a COVID- 19 contained environment instead of waiting for its total eradication, an informed source said.

The Commission has decided to do explore the possibility of conducting the elections in an environment in which the spread of the COVID-29 is controlled because the total eradication would be possible only after a vaccine was developed.

“We have to conduct the elections once the COVID-19 outbreak is contained. It does not mean we will take polling on June 20. We are formulating these guidelines together with the epidemiologists to be followed in holding the election whenever it is feasible. Social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing face masks will be the three key to principles being considered in working out this manual,” the source said.

A committee comprising health and election officials has been appointed to work in this regard. The committee also met yesterday. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Samson Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:45 AM

    You must somehow have the election even if a good number of population get infected or die. Let the President carry on the way it is done now.

    Ami Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:53 AM

    Covid - 29 ??

    Siddharth Tuesday, 05 May 2020 11:04 AM

    Oh dear Paksha, people dying no concern to you, as long as your family has power and money. Or country, and we suffer forever.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 05 May 2020 12:07 PM

    Gambling with the life of citizens.

    Antony Jude Tuesday, 05 May 2020 05:35 PM

    EC is trying to do things in favour of and for the convenient of the President. No worry about general public. All these because of dissolution of the Parliament in advance by the President.

    Deava De Silva Tuesday, 05 May 2020 05:49 PM

    When they do the election. The elections Commissioner better pay each register voter who comes to the polling station Rs 5000 as a risk charge other wise very few will take the risk of going thus making it a farce.

    S.H.Moulana Tuesday, 05 May 2020 06:24 PM

    How about introducing postal vote for all to avoid crowding in the polling booths?

    KOLA KOTIYA Tuesday, 05 May 2020 06:58 PM

    power even on dead bodies

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 06 May 2020 11:28 AM

    IS EC PUSHED TO HOLD ELECTIONS BY HOOK OR BY CROOK???


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