Health Directives vaguely followed unless regulated through gazette, stresses Election Commission Chairman

Health Directives vaguely followed unless regulated through gazette, stresses Election Commission Chairman

14 July 2020 05:50 pm

Despite the recent figures showing many COVID-19 cases, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that he does not believe that a second wave of Coronavirus is on the rise, thereby stressing that a need to postpone the election may not be necessary at this point. 

Nevertheless, it is imperative that health directives are followed at all times in the election affairs, he stressed. 

Deshapriya made this observation speaking to media following a meeting held in District Secretariat, Vavuniya. 

The Commission Chairman also requested from all contestants and their supporters to act in compliance with the health directives in order to minimise the risk of contagion. 

Nevertheless, in the backdrop that the health directives, which were recommended by the health sectors, have not yet been gazetted, Deshapriya pointed out that mere verbal communication with the public to wear face masks and maintain metre-distance is not effective unless they are conditioned by a legal framework, thereby emphasising that it is imperative to issue gazettes declaring these guidelines.

This ought to take place sooner or later, he further added.