PHIs to ensure health safety at polling centres
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL) said they were ready to extend their fullest cooperation to ensure the health safety at polling centres during the 5 August General Election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They would commence duties on 4 August by sterilising all polling centres.
Secretary of the Union, M. Balasooriya said, the relevant Local Government authority would have to provide the necessary equipment while the Election Commission (EC) is to provide the sanitising liquid and gel for the procedure. “This year, we would not be participating as Election officers but in maintaining the health safety of the public and Election officers engaged in the Election process including at polling stations on 5 and 6 August 2020,” he said.
He said, PHIs were tasked with ensuring that voters maintain the one-metre social distance.
Balasooriya said special arrangements have also been put in place to provide the necessary hand washing facilities with soap, liquid hand wash or hand sanitisers to be made available to voters as well as Election officers.
There are approximately 12,984 polling centres in the country. The senior officer in charge at all polling stations will be provided with the stock of soap, liquid hand wash and sanitisers. The EC has said they would provide someone to dispense the sanitiser liquid or gel to voters.
Fielding questions regarding the arrangements being made for those in self-quarantine and those in quarantine centres to cast their vote, he said the Health Ministry would have to look at ways of transporting them to polling centres while ensuring the health safety of those involved in providing them transportation.