According to Health Minister Vlastimil Falk (TOP 09), the government wants to allow people living in self-isolation to vote. Valek told reporters on Thursday that the change in the law could take effect from the presidential election. The opposition criticized the ministry for the fact that people isolated from the coronavirus cannot vote in the upcoming municipal and Senate elections.




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Vlastimil Falek | Photo: Rene Volvik | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

Válek said Monday that there are about 10,000 adults in isolation with Covid. “Dozens of people who are in infectious disease wards, hundreds if not thousands of people who are in isolation due to various other diseases. Many people with disabilities and curfews can’t vote either.” So he wants to systematically address the voting rights of these people.


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He pointed out that “he forgot that in every election there is a section of people who cannot go to the polls.” Therefore, he did not want to allow people with covid-19 something that infected patients cannot do. considers it discriminatory.

There are dozens of diseases that hygiene experts order isolation from, such as measles, tuberculosis, or, more recently, monkeypox.

According to Falk, the situation is different from the parliamentary elections held last year, in which people in quarantine and isolation could vote.

Schools have been extensively tested during their study period, and parents of children who test positive have been ordered to quarantine. Hundreds of thousands of people were in isolation and quarantine at the time. About 1,200 voters quarantined due to the coronavirus have voted from their homes for a portable ballot box. In doing so, they joined the 1,600 voters who voted by car.

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On Thursday, the opposition movement ANO criticized the government for not organizing municipal and senate elections so that Covid patients could vote in isolation.

Prime Minister Peter Fiala (ODS) defended the measure by saying that it would be more difficult to organize vote collection in municipal elections than in parliaments.

On Sunday, War Minister Valek called on people who show symptoms of the coronavirus, even if they have not been tested, not to go to vote and thus not to put others at risk, especially members of electoral commissions, on social networks.

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