It will take extra $7.3 million to hold elections in Ukraine due to coronavirus, - Committee of Voters

Source : 112 Ukraine

The money should go to personal protective equipment and salaries for the people who will ensure safety
19:40, 4 September 2020

An additional $7.3 million must be allocated for measures to counter the spread of coronavirus during the local elections planned in Ukraine. The Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU) announced this.

"In a pandemic, it is necessary to additionally allocate $7,3 million for the elections. The vast majority of expenses should be directed to protecting members of precinct election commissions," Chairman of the CVU Oleksiy Koshel said.

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According to CVU experts, at least 13 million protective masks must be purchased to protect members of election commissions during their meetings and to work on voting days during the first and second round of elections. In addition, it is necessary to purchase disinfectants, devices for measuring temperature, provide for wages for those who will measure the temperature at the entrance to polling stations, as well as produce information materials.

"Now it is important not to continue political speculation about the possibility of holding elections, but to focus on protecting voters and the most vulnerable group - about 500 thousand members of election commissions who can work in closed rooms for more than a day. Examples of organizing elections in South Korea, Australia, Poland The USA shows that in conditions of careful preparation it is possible to organize the electoral process and the voting day without significant risks for voters and members of commissions," Oleksiy Koshel stated.

The holding of local elections in Ukraine is scheduled for October 25, 2020.

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