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Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner casts vote at polling station after 9 years

Chief Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announcing the postponement of the elections

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s National Elections Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya stepped forward to cast his vote today at the Lindsay Girls’ School, in Colombo to show that coming forward to vote is safe.

Deshapriya, like other government employees, could have opted for a postal vote, as he has done in the past nine years.

“This is the first time I came to the polling station as a voter following my appointment in 2011,” he told reporters outside the polling station.

“I wanted to show that my age (65) doesn’t threaten my health when voting as the polling stations are safe,” Deshapriya told reporter said.

Deshapriya vouched for the health and safety of the voters within polling stations claiming that there isn’t any need to worry.

The Elections Commissioner also requested the youth to use their vote and encourage their families to join them too.

“Your vote is your right, your voice and your power,” he reiterated.

(Colombo/Aug05/2020)

Reported by Tania Madies

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