Eligible voters under quarantine can vote after 5 pm on polling day – Elections Commission

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ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lankan citizens who are eligible to vote in the Parliamentary General Elections and are quarantined due to COVID 19 will be allowed to cast their ballots after 5 pm on August 05, officials said.

Elections Commissioner-General Saman Sri Ratnayake was quoted in a press statement saying that the details of how this would be carried out will be announced later.

The decision was taken at a discussion held yesterday, July 28, on the current situation of the pandemic and the conduct of the upcoming election at the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID 19.

“All the decisions on this will be informed in the future,” Rathnayake said in a statement issued by the Presidential task force.

He also stated all the precautions are being taken to hold the parliamentary election under the supervision of the health Authorities.

A total of five new COVID-19 patients were reported on the island as of 6 a.m. this morning, the government said.

Of the five patients, one is a staffer at the Senapura Rehabilitation Centre (East Kandakadu) and four from among the returnees from Dubai who are being quarantined at Diyatalawa quarantine centre.

With the new patients, the total number reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 598 with 482 being detainees, while 66 staff members, five invited staff members, one close contact of the patient-reported from Welikada prison and 44 other close contacts of the cluster also being identified.

Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country have thus increased to 2,810, and with 175 new recoveries as at 6 a.m. today the total recoveries have increased to 2,296.

One-hundred-and-seventy-five recoveries were reported which include 158 detainees and relatives from Kandakadu rehabilitation centre while 17 were returnees from abroad.

The NOCPOC said that 32 people arrived this morning on special flights from Doha and London, and all of whom were directed to the quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces.

A total of 3,102 people are currently under quarantine in 40 quarantine centres, islandwide.

NOCPOC said 154,191 PCR tests had been done so far in the country.

(Colombo/July29/2020)

Reported by Chanka Jayasinghe