We're offering this story for free to read so that you can stay updated on the COVID-19 outbreakElections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapariya requested voters to bring a ballpoint pen along with them when they come to vote on August 5 for their own safety but added if a voter does not have a pen to mark the ballot paper, officials will provide one. Though the cost of the Parliamentary polls 2020 has escalated as never before as a direct result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the EC would take all efforts to maintain the cost of the election below Rs. 10 billion, Mr. Deshapriya said.Sandun A Jayasekera
He told the media that the EC in order to ensure safety of voters, election officials and the public would have to deploy a contingent of health workers in addition to election officials at this election.
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