Coronavirus Control Center announces election security protocols
Tehran – At a press briefing on Saturday, Alireza Raeisi, spokesperson for the national coronavirus control headquarters (NHCC), presented security protocols for the presidential elections on June 18.
He said campaigns cannot take place behind closed doors. He also asked the Sports Ministry to help candidates provide open fields in various provinces and cities.
Raeisi said that in “red zones,” each candidate’s polling stations should not accommodate more than 15 people.
The number differs in “orange zones” and “yellow zones,” with the orange zone allowed to accommodate 20 people and the yellow zones allowed to accommodate 30 people in closed-door offices, Raeisi explained.
He also said the health ministry ranked districts based on the rate of coronavirus infections with red color indicating “high risk”, orange “medium”, yellow “low risk” and blue “least risk” .
Raeisi also said that in accordance with observance of health protocols, electoral rallies and carnivals are strictly prohibited.
He advised the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to take effective measures to discourage electoral rallies by broadcasting campaign programs.
Raeisi added that the number of polling stations had increased to avoid population density.
“Preventive measures have been taken, such as observing the distance in the lines to make the vote safe,” he said.
He advised voters to stay outside until it was their turn to vote.
SA / PA