It is after nine years that I voted today at the General Election, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said when he arrived at the Lindsay BalikaVidyalaya in Bambalapitiya to cast his vote.
“This is the first time I came to the polling station as a voter following my appointment in 2011,” he said.
He urged all citizens, especially the Sri Lankan youth to exercise their franchise and assured all stakeholders that the polling stations in the country were safe and cast their vote without fear.
Mr. Deshapriya told the media this morning that there was no way the voters would contract COVID-19 at polling stations, which would be operated with all health guidelines in place.
“It is compulsory for every voter to wear a protective face mask when they arrive at polling stations,” Deshapriya said.
“Voters are also provided with hand sanitising liquid before entering and leaving the polling station in addition to there being facilities for washing of hands,” he added.
Deshapriya urged the voters to maintain the one-metre distance at all time.
"The officials assigned for duty at the polling station are also wearing protective face cover and adhering to health guidelines. Therefore don’t be afraid to approach them," he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
the time will prove he is wrong and held accountable
vince Wednesday, 05 August 2020 12:55 PM
Apart from being a clown, now he professes to be an Epidemiologist.
chauvinist Wednesday, 05 August 2020 02:00 PM
Chairman of the Election commission is not qualified to make such a statement. Neither he is an epidemiologist nor a specialist in communicable diseases.
Warren Raed Wednesday, 05 August 2020 02:04 PM
You should be nominated for the next WHO Director.
Nimal Wednesday, 05 August 2020 02:26 PM
The country has contracted the biggest virus with the same old 225 in the scene and the peak will be on 20 August, so whats the big deal now?
ARJUNA MANAMPERI Wednesday, 05 August 2020 03:57 PM
A PROUD PRODUCT OF PERA UNIVERSITY AND DONE HIS JOB VERY WELL W/O FEAR OR FAVOUR THOUGH COMING UNDER PRESSURE FROM POHOTTUWA CLOWNS !!!!
Nimal Wednesday, 05 August 2020 07:56 PM
So, you preserved it for your last election as MAKO? Anyway thank you sir, You did an excellent job for the country whilst entertaining us to the fullest. Luckily the world did not stop revolving, so you could complete your job well. The same batch coming back to Diyawanna is not your fault sir.
johan Wednesday, 05 August 2020 08:34 PM
Being a senior citizen he is ignorant of his franchise.
What a pathetic situation
johan Wednesday, 05 August 2020 08:35 PM
Surely he would have voted for JVP
Chathu Harshani Wednesday, 05 August 2020 10:24 PM
We used our suffrage today.Our polling center was properly disinfected.We appreciate your service Mahinda sir...I too want to be a unbiased,genuine government worker one day...
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