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Protocol against spread of COVID during presidential elections

30/01/2023 11:21

The Ministry of Health issued Monday a press release on a series of protection measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 that should be implemented by the election officers during the presidential elections that will take place on Sunday. 

Among other things, it is recommended that the rooms are adequately ventilated, while employees and representatives of the candidates must wear a protective mask throughout their stay at the polling station.

The use of protective mask is recommended to all voters inside the polling stations. It is also noted that the voting booths will not have a curtain and it will be the responsibility of the staff of the polling station to regularly disinfect them, as well as all the surfaces that voters and the staff come in contact, including pens.

It is mandatory, it says, that voters disinfect their hands upon entering and exiting the polling stations.

As regards staff hygiene, it is stated that it is recommended that all employees of the election centers and the representatives of the candidates, carry out a rapid antigen test (self test) for the disease of COVID-19 the day before the elections.

Furthermore, it says that persons who are in confinement after testing positive for the COVID-19 disease, and are registered in the electoral roll, on the day of the elections, are granted permission to go exclusively to the electoral center where they are registered, in order to exercise their right to vote. It is added that they can go to the polling station either on foot or by private car without any other stops. It is noted that the use of public transport is prohibited and that they must necessarily wear a protective mask.

The personnel that will be working during the election  must be trained as regards personal protection precautions and rules. In addition, it says that staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from work and contact their personal physician immediately by phone. If symptoms occur during work, the person should leave immediately but may exercise their right to vote before leaving.

During the election process, it should be ensured that the access to the polling centers is conducted without crowds gathering and that polling booths and equipment necessary for the elections are disinfected at regular intervals.

Finally, it says that at the end of the election process, the rooms used as election centers should be naturally ventilated for at least half an hour and disinfected.