Sri Lanka goes to the polls as coronavirus hazard recedes

Sri Lankans go to polls on Wednesday to decide on a new parliament in an election that the birthday celebration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is extensively predicted’ to win.

Sri Lanka goes to the polls as coronavirus hazard recedes

The election has twice been postponed this 12 months due to the fact of the coronavirus, however authorities and election officers stated the, us of a, was once in a higher function now after a sequence of lockdowns.

The election is vital for Rajapaksa who is in search of a two-thirds majority for his birthday celebration so that he can make constitutional adjustments and make bigger the government powers of the presidency.

"I want the electricity to put into effect my monetary programmer, which you voted for,” Rajapaksa, who received the presidency in November, advised supporters remaining week.

He hopes to set up his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as premier, tightening the preserve of the household over the island kingdom of 21 million people.

Polling will take area below strict security guidelines. Voters have to preserve a one-meter distance between themselves, put on masks and sanitize their palms each time they contact anything.

Masks have to be eliminated’ solely when the identification of the voter is being verified. Officials are additionally encouraging voters to carry their very own pens.

“There will be no hazard for you to get contaminated by means of the coronavirus at the polling stations,” election fee chairperson Mahinda Deshapriya said.

Sri Lanka has stated 2,828 instances of the coronavirus and 11 deaths as of Tuesday, which is small in contrast to different South Asian countries.

The opposition, led with the aid of Sajith Premadasa, strongly opposes giving the presidency greater power, warning it will make Sri Lanka an autocracy.

Votes are to be counted’ on Thursday when outcomes ought to be known.


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