Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshappriya says that transporting of ballot boxes for the general election tomorrow, will commence at 8.00 am today. Senior polling officials in charge of the centres will report to their respective polling stations with the ballot boxes. Two police officers have been deployed at each polling centre for the security. The Chairman of the Elections Commission said that all polling centres will be disinfected today.
The voting will commence from 7.00 am tomorrow. Elections Commission Chairman said that 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm tomorrow has been allocated for the voters who are under self-quarantine. The voting will take place at 12,985 polling centres. Sixteen million two hundred and sixty three thousand eight hundred and eighty are eligible to vote at the general election. Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya said that they expect about 80 percent of the voters would cast their votes. He emphasised that they would not hesitate to cancel the polling if there are any incidents at a polling centre. He added another date will be allocated for such areas. He requested those who are using social media to act with responsibility during the silent period.
The Elections Commission says that a voter can cast his vote if his name is in the voters list of the last year, even if he had not received the polling card. The Commission said that such voters can cast their votes by producing the National Identity card or a valid identity card accepted by the Commission. The passport, senior citizens, bikku and bikshuni identity cards, the temporary identity card issued by the Elections Commission and a letter issued with a photograph by the Department of Registration of Persons are accepted in this regard.
Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that they have request to provide an opportunity for those who are at homes following the health guidelines after staying at quarantine centres for 14 days. Senior DIG in Charge of Elections Priyantha Weerasuriya said that a special duty plan is in operation in connection with the election tomorrow. Mobile patrols have been deployed covering all polling and counting centres. He said that road blocks have been set up around the country and 10,500 officials of the Civil Security Department have been assigned duty at those places. He further said that assistance of the security authorities will be obtained for election duty in northern and eastern provinces.