Blaine Higgs Kim Poffenroth New Brunswick Coronavirus covid-19 Blaine Higgs Kim Poffenroth New Brunswick Coronavirus

Elections N.B. head says means to stop, postpone voting day needed due to COVID-19 threat

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COVID-19 outbreak.Kim Poffenroth told the committee of privilege, procedures and legislative officers (PPLOC) on Friday that she would like to see legislation introduced laying out how exactly the election could be postponed if areas of the province entered a lockdown ahead of polling day in May.

But she says the authority should not rest with her.“If the province, or a portion of the province, were in a complete lockdown, suspension of the election, perhaps in a particular zone, is likely the best alternative, but there’s still no authority in myself to do that,” Poffenroth said.“I’m still of the opinion that delaying a democratic election should not be at the discretion of one appointed … civil servant.”The impact of a widespread COVID-19.

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