April 09, 2020 12:51
The National Election Commission is considering letting voters in self-quarantine out on April 15 so they can cast their ballots in the general election.
The idea is to choose a specific time slot when they can go to the polling booths. The most likely time slot will be right before closing time at 6 p.m. to minimize their contact with other voters.
Those in self-quarantine are legally obliged to stay indoors.
"We'll make sure that those in self-quarantine can use separate polling booths to keep a distance between them and other voters," an NEC official said Wednesday. The NEC has already announced a plan to check the temperature of all voters and let those with a fever vote at separate polling booths.
The official added that the NEC is not considering arranging for the self-quarantined to vote after hours because "the election law mandates voting hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m."
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