People in isolation ‘must stay home’

The Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has made it clear that Barbadians who are COVID-19-positive and in isolation are prohibited from leaving their houses to cast a ballot on January 19.

The matter had been a bone of contention during a press conference hosted by the EBC on Saturday, when head of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit, Ronald Chapman, disclosed that people known to have the virus and in home isolation or patients of the Harrison Point isolation facility would not be allowed to vote on Election Day.

That position was then left unknown, when deputy chairman of the EBC, Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, said a legal position from their advisor should be sought on the matter.

EBC chairman Leslie Haynes QC, in a Zoom meeting with media managers yesterday to provide an update on preparations for the election, said they had met on the matter after Saturday’s press conference and were satisfied the law was clear under the current emergency directive in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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