Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya decided to cast his vote this morning  after a lapse of nine years  to give an assurance to voters that it was safe to go out and  vote.

“I am 65 years and I have not voted since 2011 but this time I  voted early so as to send a message o voters that  there was no health risk involved  in going to the polling booth,” he said.

Deshapriya  cast his vote at the Lindsay Balika Vidyalaya , Bambalapitiya.

He made  earn appeal to the  youth of the country in particular to exercise their franchise saying,”  “Your vote is your power.”