Local News: Mahinda Deshapriya, the chairman of the Sri Lankan National Elections Commission, stepped forward to cast his vote today at the Lindsay Girls ‘ School in Colombo to prove that it is free to vote.
As other government workers, Deshapriya should have opted for a postal vote, as he has done in the last nine years.
“It is the first time I have come as a voter to the polling station since my election in 2011,” he told reporters outside the polling station.
“I wanted to prove that when voting as the polling stations are free, my age (65) doesn’t endanger my safety,” Deshapriya told reporter.
Deshapriya said that there is no need to worry about the health and safety of voters in polling stations.
The Commissioner for Elections also asked the youth to use their vote and urge their families to join them too.
“Your right vote, your voice and your strength,” he reiterated.