Nov 03, 2019

This is the way to cast your vote: NEC Chairman

National Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya this week explained the voting process for the presidential election on November 16.
He said voting time has been extended by an hour and accordingly the voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

He said, since the counting of votes would begin an hour later there will be a delay in issuing the results.

He said according to the Election Act, if one is voting for one candidate, number 1 or a cross should be marked in front of the desired candidate.

“The Election Commission recognises a cross too being marked in the slot in front of the name of the desired candidate as a valid vote. But this can only be done if the voter was voting for a single candidate,” he said.

He explained that two preferential votes could also be marked.

“In such cases, we advise the voters to cast their vote by marking number 1 in the box in front of the candidate of their liking and proceed with 2 and 3 as preferences,” he added .

“They can mark 1, or they can mark 1 and 2, or else they can mark 1, 2  and 3.”

“Crosses and numbering cannot be done together. Such a vote would be considered invalid. Also if three crosses are marked that too will be invalid.”