Updates: 10/06/2021 16:00
Released: 06.10.2021, 10:02
Prague / Brno – In Prague today 224 people voted due to covid quarantine or isolation from 08:00 to 15:00. Tadeáš Provazník, a spokesman for the municipality, told ČTK. In the metropolis, the municipality set up five drive-in stations for this purpose, for example, the first voter came to Letná to cast a vote an hour after its opening. There are 82 stations in the country, according to the director of the elections departments of the Ministry of the Interior, Tomáš Jírovec, information on the overall turnout will be known on Thursday morning. A proper vote in the parliamentary elections will be on Saturday on Saturday. In Brno, 130 people cast their votes in the election by 2:00 p.m.
The polling stations are in the metropolis in the city car parks in Braník, Kotlářka, Letná, Letňany and Skalka, as elsewhere they will close at 17:00. In addition to their identities, voters must prove on the spot that they have been ordered quarantined or isolated, or submit a positive coronavirus test or sign an affidavit. “This does not apply to so-called self-isolation after returning from abroad. These voters have certain exceptions, such as the provision of basic necessities or necessary official matters,” Jírovec added.
According to Provazník, the election commissions have not experienced any problems at the sites so far. Most people from the car voted until 15:00 in Letňany, namely 62, and None in Kotlářka – 28. 49 voters arrived at the stand at Skalka, 52 at Braník and 33 at Letná.
According to Jírovec, the station must report its participation to the ministry by today’s 20:00. “Tomorrow (Thursday) morning will be the final number of how many people will use the drive-in,” he said. He added that the submitted ballot papers will be handed over by the commission in a sealed box of the regional office, and in Prague to the municipality. “He will keep it overnight and can still allow it to break into the mailbox. Subsequently, these mailboxes will be handed over to the Census Commission on Saturday at 2:00 pm after the closure of the classic polling stations,” he explained.
Electoral commissions are still protective suits. According to the Czech Social Security Administration and the Ministry of Health, covid-19 now has a total of 7,900 people in quarantine with 2,223 employees and self-employed persons who pay for health insurance. According to Jírovec, in the last regional and senate elections, about 6,500 voters use special methods of voting. “I expect the turnout to be similar to last year,” he said.
People who are in mandatory quarantine for coronavirus can vote in parliamentary elections under certain conditions, thanks to a law passed in the summer. As last year, Norma counts on three variants of voting for people in quarantine or isolation. They are drive-in voting at specially equipped polling stations or voting in portable boxes, with which specially equipped election commissioners will come to people in individual quarantine. About 30 people ordered them in Prague. People who are quarantined in a closed residential social services facility have a similar opportunity. There will be elections on Thursday. According to Jírovec, two of these facilities are now reported, one in the Vysočina region and the other in the South Bohemian Region.
In Brno, 130 people cast their votes for the election by 2:00 pm
At the exhibition center in Brno, 130 people who have been ordered to quarantine or are isolated due to the covid-19 disease cast their vote for the parliamentary elections by 14:00 today. This was stated by the region’s spokeswoman Alena Knotková. Those interested vote from the car, they can cast their vote from 8:00 to 17:00. Other so-called drive-in stations are in the region in Hodonín, Břeclav, Znojmo, Blansko and Vyškov.
In Brno, people from the districts of Brno-město and Brno-venkov elect, according to Deputy Minister of the Interior Petr Vokáč, there are 82 such positions in the country. In the first two hours, 16 people came to vote in Brno, in the afternoon the participation is stronger. “It’s morning and we can’t draw conclusions. Last year, over 5,000 people voted in this way and there were about 20,000 people in quarantine. Now around 10,000 people are in quarantine or isolated. But there is more interest in the parliamentary elections,” Vokáč said around 10:00. .
Whoever arrives must prove his identity card or passport and have a certificate of quarantine or isolation issued by a general practitioner or hygiene station. The result of a positive test can also be used. “If a person does not have a certificate, he or she can require a solemn declaration at the polling station,” Vokáč said.
Voters do not get out of cars during the voting itself. “He will come to the first stop, where he will meet with other special voting commissions, which will show him before the ballots after proving his identity. The voter will drive behind the improvised string, where he has the opportunity to edit the tickets, put them in an envelope, drive to the mailbox and cast a vote from an open window, “Vokáč said.”
Anti-epidemic measures are in place, voters must have respirators, voting commissions are equipped with protective equipment. If you are in quarantine and do not come to the so-called drive-in station, you can have a special ballot box for a special commission to come home to. “It is necessary to request by phone at the region by Thursday until 20:00,” said Vokáč. Those who fail to call do not have the opportunity to cancel.
The votes will be tied to the regional office, where other votes from special commissions will meet, such as from quarantined senior homes or just from commissions that will go to the choice of houses. “Votes from special voting methods will not be met by a regular district commission, it is all about a special method of voting and counting. Votes will be counted on Saturday in the same way as the votes of other voters,” Vokáč added.