- EC to decide on new election date on 8 June
- Gets health guidelines for holding polls
- Health authorities recommend scaled-down campaigning
- Pocket meetings with maximum of three speakers and 30 participants recommended
- Masks, hand-washing, and temperature checks recommend for voters
By Chandani Kirinde
The Election Commission yesterday said it will reach a final decision on the new date for the Parliamentary Election at their next meeting on Monday.
The three member Commission that met yesterday discussed the Health guidelines that were handed over to them by the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe and other logistical issues to be considered when holding the election under the prevailing situation.
Daily FT learns that according to the guidelines, only pocket meetings with a maximum of three speakers and 30 participants have been recommended so as to ensure social distancing.
The guidelines also recommend wearing of masks by voters as well as hand-washing and temperature checks at polling booths.
The EC will decide on which guidelines to implement after discussions.
The EC also decided to extend the period to State sector employees to apply for postal voting which was to end yesterday till 8 June.
The Commission encouraged those in the health sector who are engaged in COVID-19 preventive work to apply for postal voting, as they might be unable to get leave on Election Day.