President asked to postpone 2020 General Elections

President asked to postpone 2020 General Elections

President Paula-Mae Weekes has been asked to use her office to postpone the 2020 General Election.

The request was made by the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) who is continuing its call for the postponement of the polls, in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

The PEP, led by Phillip Alexander, said the country is in serious danger of “a full-blown community spread epidemic”, exacerbated by the campaigning currently taking place, which does appear to conform to the Covid-19 protocols.

The party said “Campaigning itself is providing opportunities for transmission through multiples of contacts by thousands of people directly involved in the campaign who can ‘pick up’ the virus on one location and deliver it to another, creating what the World Health Organisation refers to as pathways to infection that social distancing guidelines are designed to interrupt.

The PEP said there is also the issue of the actual polling day where a million registered voters are expected to congregate at polling stations for hours, use the same confined facilities to vote, culminating in the insertion of a finger into the security ink that could now be transformed into a virtual soup of Covid19, creating the potential to infect everyone who uses it and everyone they subsequently come into contact with.

The Representation of the People’s Act Section 34 states the President may by Proclamation adjourn the holding of the poll to some other day specified in the Proclamation being not more than thirty days after the day specified in the writ.”

The PEP said their overriding concern here needs to be decisions that do not inadvertently put lives at unnecessary risk creating a pathway for transmission through a general election.