EBC urged to disclose election day process
United National Congress (UNC) candidate for San Fernando West Sean Sobers has questioned how the August 10 general election will be conducted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sobers called on the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to divulge this information as he said people were right to be worried with the emergence of new COVID-19 cases.
Just tonight, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley indicated that there were four new confirmed cases of the virus which would push the country’s positive cases to 152.
At a cottage meeting in Gulf View on Monday evening, the UNC candidate urged the EBC to provide more information on how the voting process will be carried out, in accordance with public health regulations.
So far, the EBC has indicated that hand sanitising and physical distancing will be in effect on election day.
While Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said electors who showed up to polling stations without a mask would not be allowed to vote, EBC CEO Fern Narcis-Scope insisted that there is no law requiring people to wear a mask to vote during the August 10 general.
The EBC, however, is looking at providing masks for individuals who turn up to vote without the protective covering.
The Commission is expected to finalise election guidelines shortly, which will be publicised in its media campaign.