Local News Sri Lanka: The Election Commission says that producing a valid identification card is necessary in order to create the identification to cast the ballot by email.
Accordingly, the postal voters are required to produce either the National Identification Card (NIC), a valid driving license, a valid passport or a temporary identification card provided by the Election Commission when they vote by post.
The Election Commission noted that anyone who fails to establish his identity by producing either of the aforementioned identification cards or the official identity card bearing the NIC number will not be considered as an elector even in the case of postal voting.
In terms of health care guidelines released under the regulated COVID-19 scenario, social distancing, wearing facemasks and hand sanitizing should be adhered to and it would be necessary to carry a blue / black pen to mark the vote, further reading the announcement released by the electoral body.
The official identification card is approved for the purpose of casting the postal vote but, taking into account the developments from previous elections, the officer named by the returning officer to oversee the affairs of the certifying officer’s office has been charged with checking the identification of the postal voter who produces his official identity card.
The returning officers will take steps to inform the certifying officers by means of the assistant returning officers / other officers assigned to track postal voting prior to the start of the postal vote that any postal voter who produces an official identification card will not be permitted to mark the postal vote.