A public well being inspector checks temperature at exterior a polling station close to Colombo, Sri Lanka August 4, 2020. Ballot bins for the upcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka have been distributed to their respective polling facilities, amidst heavy safety.
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Sri Lankans go to polls on Wednesday to elect a brand new parliament in an election that the get together of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is broadly anticipated to win.
The election has twice been postponed this yr due to the coronavirus, however authorities and election officers stated the nation was in a greater place now after a collection of lockdowns.
The election is necessary for Rajapaksa who’s in search of a two-thirds majority for his get together in order that he could make constitutional modifications and develop the government powers of the presidency.
“I need the power to implement my economic program which you voted for,” Rajapaksa, who received the presidency in November, instructed supporters final week.
He hopes to set up his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as premier, tightening the maintain of the household over the island nation of 21 million folks.
Polling will happen beneath strict security pointers. Voters have to keep a one-meter distance between themselves, put on masks and sanitize their fingers each time they contact something.
Masks have to be eliminated solely when the id of the voter is being verified. Officials are additionally encouraging voters to convey their very own pens. “There will be no chance for you to get infected by the coronavirus at the polling stations,” election fee chairman Mahinda Deshapriya stated.
Sri Lanka has reported 2,828 circumstances of the coronavirus and 11 deaths as of Tuesday, which is small in contrast to different South Asian nations.
The opposition, led by Sajith Premadasa, strongly opposes giving the presidency extra energy, warning it is going to make Sri Lanka an autocracy.
Votes are to be counted on Thursday when outcomes needs to be recognized.