July 11, Colombo: The Elections Department of Sri Lanka has said that special provisions have been made to allow a person to accompany a differently-abled person to mark the ballot paper at the forthcoming local government elections.
The Department has said that the person who accompanies the disabled person should be more than 18 years of age, not a contesting candidate at the election and should not be a person subject to any disability.
“The disabled person should hand over to the officers at the polling station a Certificate of Eligibility prescribed in the Tenth Scheduled to the Act. Accordingly, the disabled persons should carry his identity card or any other approved identity document acceptable at the polling station and the Certificate of Disability certified by the Government Medical Officer,” the Department has stated.
“It was also essential that the person accompanying the disable voter should also bring his own Identity Card or identity document which was acceptable at the pooling station. No disabled voter can go to the polling station without an accompanying person. The certificate of disability will be retained with the Senior Presiding Officer,” it has further stated.