Header Ad

Sri Lanka elections postponed over Coronavirus

Nurses wearing facemasks cross a road as they push a trolley filled with leaflets outside the entrance of Sri Lanka’s Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo on March 17, 2020. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s independent elections commission had postponed general elections scheduled for April 25 as an epidemic of Coronavirus crippled the agency, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.

“Our organization is breaking down,” he said. “It is logistically impossible to conduct as government servants are not coming to work.”

A decision will be taken later on when to hold the elections on health advice he said.

Sri Lanka has declared a week long ‘work at home’ holiday as efforts are underway to control the spread of Coronavirus.

All foreign arrivals have been halted and authorities are rounding up returnees who arrived in the country before quarantine began.

Related

Govt declares six-day work from home period for public, pvt sectors

Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus count up to 53, 243 under observation

By Thursday Sri Lanka had confirmed 53 cases of Coronavirus and another 43 was under observation. (Colombo/Mar19/2020)