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General election 2020: EC decides 5 August

By Maheesha  Mudugamuwa

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday (10) announced 5 August as the new date for the long-delayed general election which was earlier scheduled to be held on 20 June after being postponed from 25 April, the initial date set for the polls, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told the media that all three members of the Commission unanimously decided to set 5 August as the new date for the upcoming parliamentary election at the Commission meeting held last morning.

The gazette notification has been signed by all three members and sent for the Department of Government Printing, he said.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved Parliament in March. The first two election dates – April 25 and June 20 – were postponed due to the Covid-19 situation prevailing in the country.

New health guidelines have been prepared by the health authorities for the EC to follow during the election and the Election Secretariat held a mock poll last Sunday (7) to evaluate the voting time prior to the election.