One health officer to each polling station: EC

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Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday the commission expected to deploy at least one health officer to each polling station and a team of officials to monitor a cluster of polling stations at the forthcoming parliamentary election. He told Daily Mirror the EC would authorise them to vote by post.

“After the Supreme Court (SC) delivers its ruling on the eight FR petitions and 15 intervening petitions, the EC expects to hold the election as early as possible in keeping with strict guidelines issued by health and security authorities. COVID-19 and the curfew that followed disrupted our plans for a free and fair election. That is why we had to change our decisions, alter the dates for postal voting, polling day and other functions related to the parliamentary election. Allocating numbers to candidates, registration of all postal voters and fixing the polling date will have to be decided only after the SC delivers its ruling.

“However, preliminary work not directly affected by the SC ruling including collecting data on polling stations, number of public and health officers to be deployed and postal voting will continue,” he said.

Commenting on voter registration, he said the relevant gazette notification was issued yesterday. “However, there will be no delay in the process despite the fact that the EC had to confront a number of setbacks,” he said.(Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 5

  • ACA Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:19 PM

    Are you providing PPE to all officials at the centres ?

    Leo Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:29 PM

    So the government imposes curfew on religious ceremonial events to avoid public gatherings, but they have no problem when public gathers to vote. So the powers that be have no issue in jeopardizing lives in the name of coming to power, and to think they are our so called leaders of the country. Thats why The Wonder of Asia is still a third world country.

    Appachci Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:44 PM

    Boru wada epa kollo

    Ram Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:19 PM

    Why is it that always Mahinda Deshapriya issue statements? The other two are they there only for name sake? Statements must come from the Election Commission

    Vernon Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:36 AM

    Health officers are Govt servants. So you can allocate one out of the normal election staff at a booth to attend to the health requirements

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