Former Saint Lucia Health Minister, Dr. Keith Mondesir, says it is vitally important to implement proper COVID-19 protocols for general elections.
He feels it’s imperative that voters observe social distancing, wear masks and adhere to other public health measures.
In this regard, the former Minister said there must be an adjustment in the polling stations to ensure that people do not have to stand a long time in line because if they do, their resolve to adhere to the protocols regarding social distancing may weaken.
“Make the people move faster,” Mondesir declared, adding that officials should be in place to monitor compliance.
The former Minister also said the authorities should have measures in place to monitor post-election celebrations, whichever party wins.
Recently, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, disclosed that the Ministry of Health and other agencies have been working on protocols to facilitate elections whenever they are called.
“We have put in place the measures so that if elections are called at any point, those protocols exist and they would ensure a safe way to be able to facilitate the process,” she said during an appearance on Newsmaker Live.
Part of the interview was aired Thursday during Real FM’s Newsspin.
Belmar-George noted that most countries experience a COVID-19 spike during and after elections.
As a result, she explained that Saint Lucia anticipates an election surge.