PEP leader writes President requesting postponement of election
Created : 29 July 2020
Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP), Political Leader Phillip Edward Alexander
Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) Political Leader Phillip Alexander has written to President Paula-Mae Weekes requesting a postponement of the August 10 General Election.
In a letter dated July 29, Alexander expressed concern over the latest COVID-19 cases.
He stated that the upcoming election may have the effect of exacerbating the situation.
Alexander wrote: "Your Excellency you will no doubt be aware of the deterioration in the COVID-19 spread that, while thought under control, appears to be mushrooming into a full blown community spread epidemic."
"The reason for this writing is out of concern that the General Election and everything leading up to it may have the effect of exacerbating the situation and promoting the spread of the virus to the detriment of the entire nation."
The PEP leader further expressed concern about campaigning activities.
He claimed "campaigning itself is providing opportunities for transmission."
The PEP leader added that polling day is also of concern as thousands are registered to vote, and are expected to congregate at polling stations throughout the country.
"Then there is the issue of the actual polling day where a million registered voters are expected to congregate at polling stations for hours, use the same confined facilities to vote, culminating in the insertion of a finger into the security ink that could now be transformed into a virtual soup of COVID-19, creating the potential to infect everyone who uses it and everyone they subsequently come into contact with."
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