August 5 (newsin.aisa) – Sri Lanka’s National Elections Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya cast his vote today in Colombo for the first time in 9 years.
The commissioner cast his vote at Lindsay Girls’ School, in Colombo to show that coming forward to vote is safe and safety measures are in place.
“This is the first time I came to the polling station as a voter following my appointment in 2011,” he stated.
The commissioner further stated, “I wanted to show that my age (65) doesn’t threaten my health when voting as the polling stations are safe.”
Deshapriya, like other government employees, could have opted for a postal vote, as he has done in the past nine years.
Deshapriya reassured the health and safety of the voters within polling stations saying that there was no need to worry. Health service officials are deployed to cover all polling stations in the country.
The Elections Commissioner also encouraged the youth to exercise their votes by saying “your vote is your right, your voice and your power.”