Cabinet will, this week, pass a statutory rule and order declaring a time slot for persons in quarantine to vote on election day, Nov. 5, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced on Saturday.
“We are seeking to ensure that toward the end of the day, either the last half hour of the regular polling or we put on an additional half an hour by statutory rule and order that will be finalised this week, for those persons who are in quarantine or in isolation will attend the poll for that last half an hour, whatever may be taking place on polling day,” Gonsalves told a campaign event in Biabou.
“It means, therefore, that you don’t have to worry that during the course of the day that anybody from quarantine or isolation going to be in the line with you. So you can go and vote without any inhibition, without any concern whatsoever,” the prime minister said.
He said that his Unity Labour Party is making sure that, as a political party, it has masks for voters in the line “to make sure that you and everybody in the polling station would be protected in all the circumstances.
“I want to explain this to you so that you do not have any worry about going to the polls,” Gonsalves said.
In a revision of a statement first issued on Friday, the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said:
“The Supervisor of Elections and the Attorney General are in discussions in relation to the specific time period to be assigned for voting on November 5, 2020, by eligible electors/voters in quarantine or isolation. During this specific time period, only electors/voters in quarantine or isolation will vote. There will be no mixing of electors/voters in quarantine or isolation with the general electors/voters.
“A meeting, chaired by the Christian Council, will be held during the week of October 26th to 30th with the leaders of all political parties participating in the November 5 General Elections to discuss and agree on the Health Protocol for the conduct of General Elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”