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EC awaits final draft of health guidelines to get on with general election work

The Election Commission (EC) was awaiting the final draft of the health guidelines for the conduct of the general election 2020, EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday.

He told The Island that they had discussed the second draft prepared by the Health Ministry on May 26.

“We had a discussion with the health authorities to prepare a health guide to conduct the general election on April 29,” Deshapriya said, adding that the second discussion was held on May 04.

According to the discussions, the Health Ministry had submitted the first draft which was discussed with all stakeholders at a meeting on May 16, the EC Chairman said.

Deshapriya said that the Health Ministry had provided the revised second draft on May 26 and it had been discussed at length at the Tuesday’s meeting.

“Now, we are waiting for the final draft from the Health Ministry,” Deshapriya said, adding that as the expert on the subject the Health Ministry should advise them on the issue.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that a set of guidelines for the general election would be handed over to the EC within the next two days.

He said that separate guidelines would be issued for all stages of the election from the distribution of ballot papers to the issuance of final results.

Dr. Jasinghe said the guidelines included how the candidates should act, how the voters should behave and the hygiene procedures that should be adhered to by all concerned. He said that there had been no COVID – 19 positive cases reported from the society at large for the last 28 days, but only from the Navy and returnees currently undergoing quarantine at military run facilities.

Author: TELO Admin