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Self-isolating people can't vote in local elections

Gov't confirms elections will go ahead as planned

The Government has confirmed people self-isolating will not be able to vote in tomorrow's local authority elections.

A statement from Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker says the department has 'looked at all the options that are legally possible', but 'have had to accept that it was not possible to find a solution that was legal, workable and effective'.

Elections will take place in seven of the Island's 21 local authorities.

Polls open from 8am to 8pm.

The full statement from Mr Baker:

“My Department has looked at all the options that are legally possible and it has worked with the local authority staff who have responsibility for running the elections to understand the operational issues that they are facing. Clearly, anything that is introduced at this very late stage has to be easy to implement by returning officers, clear to the public and legally sound. 
 
“Any legal change would have had to be approved by Tynwald before the polling stations open at 8am tomorrow, Election Day. We kept looking at the possibilities until the last moment but have had to accept that it was not possible to find a solution that was legal, workable and effective.”
 
“The elections will go ahead as planned in those areas where seats are being contested.”

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