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Now that we know the next General Election (GE) must be held before 14 April 2021. You might wonder, how are we going to conduct a safe Polling Day for everyone during this COVID-19 situation?
On June 8, the Elections Department (ELD) announced they have drawn up contingency plans, detailing the safety measures to ensure safe elections during COVID-19 situation.
The following measures will be put in place to ensure safe polling conduct:
1) Temperature screening
All voters have to take their temperature at the start of the queue to detect persons with fever or respiratory symptoms.
All candidates and polling agents who wish to enter the polling stations also have to take their temperature.
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Those detected with fever or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to enter the polling station.
Based on the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the ELD will then decide whether the person will be allowed to vote.
2) Contact tracing
Before entering the polling station, candidates and polling agents will have to use the SafeEntry app to check-in and check-out for contact tracing.
As the e-Registration system records the time voters register at the polling station, the data can be used for contact tracing if needed. Hence, voters will not be required to use the SafeEntry app.
3) Safe distancing at polling stations
Safe distancing will be enforced at all times for voters waiting to enter the polling stations and within the polling stations.
The seating area for election officials and polling agents will be spaced at least one metre apart.
4) Measures to reduce potential crowding at the polling stations
According to ELD, the number of polling stations will be increased from 880 to 1,100. This reduces the number of voters per polling station from an average of 3,000 to 2,400.
In addition, voters should not bring non-voters (e.g. children) to polling stations.
A recommended 2-hour voting time-band will be allotted to voters, which will be indicated on their hardcopy poll card and e-Poll card (on the SingPass mobile app), to spread out voters across polling hours.
Senior voters will be allotted recommended time-bands in the morning as an additional precautionary measure.
Voters are encouraged to follow their allotted time-band.
Furthermore, voters can utilise this digital service to check the queue situation at their assigned polling station before heading down.
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5) Quick and contactless voting
No contact with election officials will be required because voters will self-scan their NRIC for registration.
With e-Registration, each voter is not expected to spend more than five minutes within the polling station. This includes registration, sanitising their hands, putting on disposable gloves, and voting.
6) Enforcement of stringent hygiene practices
According to the law, voters have to wear their masks when they leave home.
In order to minimise the risk of contamination, they have to sanitise their hands and wear disposable gloves before receiving a ballot paper. They may also bring their own pens to mark the ballot papers.
In addition, election officials will be equipped with surgical masks, disposable gloves, face shields, pocket-sized hand sanitisers, so they can carry out their duties safely.
Dedicated cleaners will be deployed at all polling stations to ensure a high level of hygiene and cleaning frequency throughout polling hours. They will clean common touch-points such as polling booths at least once every half hour.
After the close of poll, cleaners will also thoroughly disinfect the polling stations.
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Let’s all be socially responsible and do our part to ensure a safe election for everyone! 😊
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