Colombo, Aug. 5 (newsin.asia) – Voting for a Parliamentary Election which will elect a new 225 member Parliament got underway in Sri Lanka on Wednesday as polling booths opened at 7 am local time.
The Elections Commission said that 16.2 million people will be eligible to vote in the elections which will see some of the main political parties eyeing for majority seats in the new Parliament.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has to date infected over 2,800 people in the island country, strict health measures have been put in place in all polling booths across the country and the elections commission has made it mandatory for all voters to wear masks and if necessary to carry their own pens when visiting the polling booths to cast their votes.
A one-meter distance must be maintained by all those present in and out of the polling booths while hand hygiene will also have to be maintained at all times.
Over 12,500 polling booths have been set up across the country for the Parliamentary polls which will be manned by health authorities, election officials and local election observers.
Over 7000 candidates are contesting Wednesday’s Parliamentary Elections from political and independent parties with the main political parties.
Voting for the Parliamentary polls will end at 5 pm, the elections commission said.