Sri Lankan President asks MPs not to take cellphones to voting booth

ECONOMYEXT – Sri Lankan Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa has urged lawmakers who will be voting to elect a new president not to bring their mobile phones to the voting booth as it is illegal to take photos of the ID card. voter – amid speculation that a party leader asked members of his party to show the ballot to ensure they voted for a particular candidate.

“Don’t show your vote to anyone. Do not bring any cell phones to the booth. If you have a phone when you vote by mistake, there will be two officers next to the stand that you can hand it over to,” President Yapa told parliament.

“Do not disturb and act responsibly by providing your support until the end of this election.”

The president will be chosen by secret ballot on Wednesday (20). However, some parliamentarians complained to President Abeywardena that their leader asked them to show the photo of the voted ballot to ensure that all party members vote for a particular candidate.

On Tuesday, the President reminded parliamentarians of the article of the Presidential Election Law which sets out the rules for voting, including the prohibition on influencing or coercing MPs to vote in elections.

As it is a secret ballot, any decision to force an MP to photograph their ballot paper will result in them being banned from sitting in parliament for seven years, according to the law. (Colombo/20Jul/2022)