Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that postal voting for the General Election 2020 is scheduled to take place from July 13 to 17. The Commission has declared July 13 as the date for all Health Ministry staff, Public Health Inspectors and Family Health Workers to cast their postal votes for the General Election. The General Election 2020 will be held on August 5 and although the dates for the postal voting has been set for July 13 to 16, public servants who are unable to cast their votes on the assigned dates will be able to cast their postal votes on July 20 and 21 at the respective District Secretariats.
Meanwhile, he noted that there could be certain mistakes in the names, ID number etc on the official polling card, but added that this does not mean a person cannot cast his ballot. “If there is a mistake in the name, sex or ID card number. But, there is no issue, election staff have been well educated in this regard and these issues could be sorted out.
The Election Commission Chairman stressed that despite the Covid-19 pandemic being brought under control in Sri Lanka, the threat is still very present. Hence, he urged the public to follow the health guidelines such as wearing face masks, constantly washing or sanitizing hands and maintaining social distancing.
The Chairman praised the services of the state media institutions during the election period. Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya said that up to now, the state media institutions are doing their job without making any hassle.