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Strict Sanitisation at Polling Stations

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WHILE it is not mandatory for citizens to wear masks to vote, strict sanitisation protocols will be put in place at polling stations across the country.

This assurance was given by National Security Minister Stuart Young, at a media conference hosted by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Friday to update the county on the Covid-19.

Young said, “I have actually had conversations with the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC). The EBC had worked closely with the Ministry of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and his persons. They finalised their protocols yesterday.”

He said, “They’re also looking at sanitising persons as they go into polling booths because they dip their finger in the ink. So those are the points of sanitisation.”

However, he said, “The EBC is going to talk to this. They are the ones who are in charge of it and it was only finalised yesterday (Thursday).”

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Young comments come less than 24 hours after political leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the EBC does not have the legal right to prevent someone from voting because they may be displaying flu-like symptoms.

General elections in Trinidad and Tobago are on August 10.

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1 Comment

  • The right to vote should not be taken away from eligible voters. However, if in exercising that right the rights of others to good health is violated then some measures must be implemented to protect all law abiding citizens. For instance, if someone breaks the law and is incarcerated then this would affect some of their other rights that involves the freedom of movement. Also, because one a right to move freely, the police can still setup a roadblock which would infringe on that right. One may have individual rights but that does not mean that one is entitled to infringe on the rights of others. The condition of the rights of one should be at the Expense to the rights of the society as a whole.

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