The postal voting for the upcoming Western and Southern Provincial Council elections will be held today and tomorrow.
1.2 million Government workers have been qualified for postal voting, and those who will be unable to vote today and tomorrow can do so on 20th of this month.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya in a release has issued guidelines in respect of the postal voting to be followed in lieu of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils Elections.
The Elections Commissioner's media release states:
Marking of postal ballot papers must be carried out on the two days, March 13th and 14th. Marking postal ballot papers should not commence before the time at which the Authorized Agents of Political Parties Leaders of Independents Groups have been informed and also commenced.
Marking of ballot papers anywhere should not be commenced before 8.30 a.m. Persons in the staff of the respective institutions are not permitted to observe the postal ballot papers marking procedure as agents.
The place for marking of postal ballot papers should be similar to an ordinary polling station and the opportunity should be provided for voters to cast their vote in secret without any fear of undue influence.
No person other than the certifying Officer, staff, postal voters, official observers who are appointed by the Returning Officer to observe the procedure relating to the marking of postal ballot papers, agents of contesting Political Parties Independent Groups and observers of authorized observation organizations should remain inside the place of marking of postal votes.
Candidates and other politicians cannot participate as observes of the marking of postal ballot papers, unless they are formally appointed as agents.
All notice for the information of postal voters should be exhibited inside the Postal votes Marking Centre. Taking of photographs or videoing of marking of ballot papers and using of mobile phones inside the Postal Votes marking Centre is strictly prohibited.
All media institutions are requested to refrain from publishing or telecasting any such photographs or video taken illegally.
Any propaganda including the campaigning of votes within the premise within a radius of 500 metres of the entrance of that particular voting centre should not take place as they are illegal activities.