Advance voting or pre-voting is to be introduced in Sri Lanka.
The Elections Secretariat has decided to introduce this voting system to enable voters who are unable to cast their votes on polling day but do not qualify for postal voting, to vote. Only members of the Armed Forces, the Police and public servants on election duty are permitted by law to use postal votes. But those public workers who are engaged in essential services including doctors and nurses, the Airport, the Harbour, the judiciary, the power sector, telecommunications, the Water Board and power generation do not enjoy this facility. The new voting system is planned to be introduced on their behalf. Thus pre-polling could be arranged on electoral divisional level or divisional secretariat level based on the number of voters who become eligible for advance voting in a particular electorate or district.
The Elections Secretariat said that the voters would have to get themselves registered for the advance voting as postal voters do. The Secretariat said it is planned to complete effect changes to the elections system and prepare a Draft Bill within the next few months.