South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera

The government yesterday introduced legislation in Parliament to make provision for a disabled voter to be accompanied by a person when voting at elections.

The new Bill which was presented in the House would be taken up for debate soon. The Bill provides for the accompanying person to make the ballot paper as directed by the voter concerned in the presence of the presiding officer and another member of his polling staff.

“The accompanying person should not be a candidate at the relevant election, nor should he be a presiding officer, an authorized officer or a polling agent at the relevant election,” according to the bill.

Source: The Daily Mirror – 10.02.2011