Mock vote counting in Galle under ‘new normal’ conditions

Officers engaged in counting ballot papers at the mock counting held in Galle yesterday. Pictures by Mahinda. P. Liyanage, Galle Central special corr

A mock vote counting was conducted yesterday at the Galle District Secretariat adhering to all health guidelines issued by the health authorities under the supervision of Galle District Secretary Somarathna Vidanapathirana and Galle District Deputy Elections Commissioner K.U.Chandralal.

The mock counting was held as a rehearsal to the counting of ballot papers in the forthcoming parliamentary election 2020 to be held on August 5. Ballot papers of five polling booths had taken for the counting. The officers who took part in the mock counting observed all health rules including sanitizing hands, keeping the one meter distance and wearing face masks and carried out the counting until the final stage of preferential votes.

Galle District Secretary and Returning Officer Somarathna Vidanapathirana said a decision has been taken to increase the number of counting centers aimed at conducting the counting without unwanted practical delays.

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