Covid-19. Government is consulting parties on “best solutions” so everyone can vote

Questioned by journalists on the sidelines of a meeting with PS supporters in Elvas, in the district of Portalegre, the prime minister and also secretary general of the Socialist Party said that the vote of people in isolation “is a matter for the Ministry of Internal Administration is treating”.

“To the minister [da Administração Interna] is contacting the different parties in order to find the best ways and solutions to ensure that the greatest number of people can vote”, stated António Costa.

António Costa stressed that the solutions to be adopted for these cases will have to take into account the rules, noting that “the law limits the hours and several of the possibilities that have been suggested”, without specifying which ones.

“There can be no change to the law, we have to, within the framework of the law, find the best solutions to guarantee the fundamental, which is the greatest number of people can vote”, insisted the prime minister.

On the other hand, the head of Government stressed that the current number of Covid-19 cases demonstrates that “the risk that was predicted at the beginning of last week has been decreasing”.

He also said that he hopes that “the reopening with caution, on Monday, will not harm this evolution”.

Costa also recalled the new standard published recently by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) which determines that people with a booster dose of the vaccine are exempt from isolation and that “there is only isolation in the case of a risky contact with a cohabitant”.

“This very significantly decreases the number of people who will be isolated without threatening the safety of the voters”, he added.

The voting of infected or isolated people in these legislative elections, which take place on January 30, has been widely discussed.

There is still no solution for exercising the right to vote for Portuguese people who become infected with Covid-19 or in isolation in the last week of the month. Even with the doubling of the voting capacity and the doubling of the anticipated polling stations, there are no concrete measures for voters who fall ill around election day.

Just a few days ago, the Deputy Secretary of State and Internal Administration, Antero Luís, said that the Government could do nothing to solve this problem and called on the Portuguese to register in the early vote, to prevent possible isolation on the 30th. .

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