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Mock poll today: At least 1,000 people needed

Election Commission (EC) member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole pointed out that it was critical the necessary number of people take part in the trial run of the upcoming parliamentary election to be held by the EC today (7).

“At least 1,000 people would have to take part for it to be a meaningful exercise,” said Prof. Hoole.

EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told The Sunday Morning that the mock election was to ascertain variables such as how long voters would take at a polling booth.

“It will be held on Sunday (today) and it will determine how much time will be needed, how many officials are needed, etc.”

He said that the implementation of the Covid-19 health guidelines would also be tested.

“This will also be an opportunity to see how the health guidelines could work on election day. It will show how much longer the health guidelines would cause the whole process to take,” he said.

By Skandha Gunasekara