Kamla: EBC can't stop you from voting without mask
Will doctors be posted at every polling station on August 10 to monitor whether electors are exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
This was the question posed by United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she spoke at a political meeting on Thursday night.
Persad-Bissessar raised the query as she expressed concern with some of the measures detailed in the new COVID-19 Guidelines for Polling Day released by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) on Wednesday.
She questioned who would be present on polling day to determine whether an elector fit the criteria for a possible COVID-19 case and should not be allowed into the polling station.
“All they have to do is look at you and know you are a UNC and they say you are exhibiting COVID symptoms,” Persad-Bissessar quipped.
The UNC leader maintained that the wearing of masks at polling stations should not be a requirement to determine if an individual is allowed to vote or not.
Persad-Bissessar said EBC cannot legally disenfranchise anyone for not having a mask.
She added that Government should ensure that masks are provided for voters at polling stations.