Day 1 of postal voting concludes peacefully

2020-07-13 at 17:30

The first day of casting postal ballot for the 2020 General Election concluded at 4pm today.

705,085 electors are eligible to cast postal ballots for the election.

Staff at Medical Offices of Health cast their postal ballot from 9 this morning.

The Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake said seven days in total have been allocated to mark postal votes for the 2020 General Election.

Speaking to NewsRadio, National Coordinator of election monitoring body the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence Manjula Gajanayake said health workers who cast their ballot set an example to voters in practicing health guidelines.

Gajanayake said a keen interest was witnessed amongst health workers to cast their ballot.

He added the allocation of a separate date for health workers to vote took place for the first time in the country’s history.

Marking of postal ballots at all public institutions other than at District Secretariats, District Election Offices, Police Stations, Security Forces Camps, and at health sector offices will take place tomorrow and on Wednesday between 9am and 4pm.

According to directives issued by Chairman of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya all postal voters must adhere to the election law and must also follow health guidelines issued to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Postal voters have also been requested to bring a pen to mark their ballot.

The National Election Commission announced that a valid form of identity must be produced at polling centres.

Accordingly, postal voters must be in possession of either a National Identity Card, a valid Driving License, a valid Passport or a temporary Identity Card issued by the Election Commission or the official identity card bearing the National Identity Card number.