Mongolians go to polls for Parliamentary elections amidst COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped nations from going to the polls as many countries opine that political tensions could add to the health crisis if not solved.

In the latest, Mongolians have gone to the polls on June 24 for the regular Parliamentary elections.

According to the General Election Commission (GEC) of Mongolia, the vote began from 7.00 a.m. local time (1500 GMT), and will last for 15 hours, at 2,070 polling stations across the country.

The General Election Commission said that necessary precautions were undertaken before commencing the elections, which involved disinfecting voting stations, marking the standing line at intervals of 1.5 metre, and providing voters with disposable plastic gloves and face masks.

The GEC added that a total of 13 political parties, four coalitions and 137 independent candidates will run for the regular Parliamentary elections, and more than 2.1 million Mongolians are eligible to vote.

The Election Commission added that only voters who wear face masks, have had their body temperatures checked and rubbed their hands with sanitiser, are allowed to enter the voting booths. As a preventive measure, children are barred from entering the polling stations.

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