EC trying to keep polls cost under Rs.10 b: Deshapriya

Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said the EC was trying to keep the cost of the Parliamentary election under Rs. 10 billion.

He said even though the EC had estimated the election to cost Rs. 6 billion to Rs. 7 billion, he said, however, costs may increase due to Covid-19 health guidelines that require to be implemented during the election.

“We have to employ additional staff at polling booths to implement Covid-19 health guidelines. There is also a huge cost that will be incurred for hand sanitizers,” Deshapriya pointed out.

“No one needs to worry about the increase in cost because democracy does not come cheap,” Deshapriya  added.