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Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections: Five things to know

Officials vow 'infection-free' poll as question of China's influence looms

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, greets his party's candidates at a campaign rally ahead of the country's parliamentary election on July 22.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Sri Lankans will head to polling stations on Wednesday for a general election shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic: They must wear face masks to enter polling booths and observe social distancing while voting. Voters will also be permitted to use their own pens to mark their ballots.

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