COVID-19 Protocols for November 5th general elections

(Press release)

Aim: The safe conduct of elections in St.vincent and the Grenadines in a manner that reduces the risk of the transmission of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

Objectives:

  1. Minimize the potential for creating COVID-19 super-spreader events.
  2. Reduce the potential of the spread of COVID-19 at polling stations on Election Day.

a. Rallies and Meetings:

  1. All campaign rallies and meetings should be held outdoors with sufficient space to avoid crowding.
  2. The use of facial covering by all persons attending rallies and meetings is strongly recommended.

b. Procedures at polling stations on Election Day:

  1. All polling station workers and officials will wear face coverings/masks at all times and will regularly sanitize their hands or change their gloves.
  2. All voters/electors should wear masks/face coverings while at the polling station.
  3. Voters/electors should maintain at least three (3) feet of spacing while waiting in line to vote.
  4. Hand sanitization will be implemented before and during the voting process:
  • Before the removal of face covering to allow for verification of identity.
  • After the replacement of the face covering after their identity has been verified.
  • Before dipping finger in the indelible ink well.

c. Procedures fro electors/voters in quarantine (day 5 to day 14):

  1. All eligible voters/electors under quarantine order will be issued a temporary waiver of quarantine for a specified period on November 5, 2020 to allow voting at the polling station allotted to them in accordance with the provisions made by, or under the Representation of the People Act, Cap.9.
  2. All eligible voters/electors granted a temporary waiver of quarantine must wear a face mask for the entire duration of the period out of their quarantine site and follow all instructions in terms of spacing and sanitization.
  3. All eligible voters/electors granted a temporary waiver of quarantine must travel to the allotted polling station and from the allotted polling station in a vehicle which allows sufficient spacing between the suitably masked elector/voter and the suitably masked driver.

d. Procedures for electors/voters in quarantine (day 1 to day 5) and in isolation:

  1. All eligible voters/electors under quarantine order will be issued a temporary waiver of quarantine/isolation for a specified period on November 5, 2020 to allow voting at the polling station allotted to them in accordance with the provisions made by, or under the Representation of the People Act, Cap.9.
  2. All eligible voters/electors granted a temporary waiver of quarantine/isolation must wear a face mask for the entire duration of the period out of their quarantine/isolation site and follow all instructions in terms of spacing and sanitization. All polling station staff will wear full PPE (gown, mask and gloves) while interacting with these electors/voters.
  3. All eligible voters/electors granted a temporary waiver of quarantine/isolation must travel to the allotted polling station and from the allotted polling station in a vehicle which allows sufficient spacing between the suitably masked elector/voter and the suitably masked driver.

The Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee will submit to the Electoral Office a list of the names of all Commonwealth travelers 18 years and older, arriving in St.Vincent and the Grenadines between the period October 22, 2020 to November 4, 2020 and subsequently quarantined. The Electoral Office will issue a list of the eligible electors/voters who would in turn be provided with a temporary waiver of quarantine/isolation.

Written by onenewsstvincent

One News St. Vincent is a subsidiary of ONE NEWS MEDIA which also includes Campus Reporter News (UWI Mona) and Secrets of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel and Tourism site. One News St. Vincent was founded on March 25, 2020. It is designed to bring a fresh social media engagement approach to news presentation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean.

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