Police were called to prevent a Monday morning disturbance at a polling station in northeast Edmonton, where two men allegedly refused to wear masks inside.
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An EPS spokesperson said a man and a woman got into an altercation with election workers after they refused to wear masks due to alleged medical exemptions.
A Granthshala News employee witnessed an exchange between Election Canada activists and two men who were refused entry for not complying with the Alberta government’s mandatory mask mandate.
“Alberta schools require that Elections Canada ask for proof of medical exemptions. This was a condition of using the schools as polling places,” Elections Canada spokeswoman Lynn Nyarfa told Granthshala News.
“Unless requested by authority, Election Canada will not ask for proof of medical exemption.”
Elections Canada is encouraging voters to wear masks, but only requiring them in provinces where they have been made mandatory, such as in Alberta.
Police said officers arrived and asked the two men to leave the school, and they cooperated.
Elections Canada said the majority of those participating in the election have been patient in the lineup and are clearly meant to participate in the democratic process.
“Abuse is never acceptable and those who mistreat voter workers or other voters, or who refuse to comply with public health orders, will be asked to leave,” Nyarfa said.
“We are grateful to all the polling personnel who are there to help their neighbors vote. They should not be victims of any kind of verbal abuse or harassment.”
About 6.8 million Canadians have already voted – most of them doing so through advanced voting from September 10 to 13, and the remainder through special voting, either by mail or in person at Election Canada offices. Huh.
About 30 million eligible voters will be able to cast their vote on Monday.
— With files from Aaron D’Andrea, Granthshala News