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Czech Republic sets up drive-in polling stations for voters with Covid

Prague, Sep 30 (efe-epa).- Czech authorities have set up drive-in polling stations so that people with Covid-19 or those observing quarantine periods can vote in the upcoming regional and senate elections.

A total of 80 specially-adapted centers have been set up across the country ahead of the voting on Friday and Saturday.

Those who have contracted Covid-19 or are observing a period of self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who is infected will be able to vote throughout the week without having to leave their vehicle.

The interior ministry said there were enough drive-in polling stations to collect the ballots of 16,000 voters, according to Radio Prague.

People who have been ordered to quarantine can request a ballot paper from one of the 156 mobile teams working for the electoral commission.

There are two drive-in centers in the capital city of Prague. Members of the armed forces are on hand to lend assistance to the poll workers, who will wear protective suits to limit the risk of contagion.

In order to cast a vote at a drive-in center, the voter must bring proof of identification as well as the permission slip proving they are in quarantine.

A poll worker will then approach the car with a ballot box, which is disinfected after each vote is cast.

The number of people voting at the drive-in centers in Prague on Wednesday morning was low.

There was only an 18 percent turnout in the capital during the last round of regional elections — in which part of the senate is also put up for renewal.

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