16.2M Voters to Cast Ballot Today

By J.T. de Silva | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 5 2020
News 16.2M Voters to Cast Ballot Today

By J.T. de Silva

For the first time in the history of elections in Sri Lanka, voters will head to their respective polling stations today (5), to cast their vote at the 2020 General Election, amidst an ongoing pandemic.

Some 16.2 million voters will cast their ballot at today’s election to elect 225 representatives to the ninth Parliament.

However, it is mandatory for the voters to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing and use sanitisers, both before and after voting, a novel experience for the public.

Another notable feature would be Elections being staged after a lapse of five months since the dissolution of the previous Legislature in early March.

The Polls are slated to get underway at 7 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The Election Commission (EC) has provided a 60-minute time slot for those who had undergone the quarantine programme to vote at today’s Polls. Some 40 recognised political parties are fielding candidates while 3,652 candidates from recognised political parties are contesting and additionally, there are 3,800 independent candidates in the fray as well. Though the ballot boxes are set to be taken to the respective counting centres after the Polls closes at 5 p.m., the process of counting votes is only set to get underway at 8 a.m. tomorrow (6).

The final result is set to be announced officially to the nation by the EC at midnight tomorrow.

By J.T. de Silva | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 5 2020

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