Nicola Sturgeon said she saw “no reason” why the Scottish parliamentary election could not go ahead, due to be held in May.
The First Minister said that in the midst of the global pandemic, other countries have been able to hold elections, although an emergency law has been enacted that sets out alternative choices for elections.
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Speaking on the Good Morning Scotland program of the BBC, she said, “I don’t see any reason at this stage why the election shouldn’t go ahead.”
I think everybody will agree that the continuity of our democratic processes and the holding of elections is very necessary.
“There have been elections in many other countries during the course of the pandemic.”
She added that if the vaccine program continues to outpace the virus in the “race” in the coming months, it might be possible to lift the last Covid 19 limitations.
She said the health service hopes to vaccinate everyone on the priority list by early May – about 2.7 million people.
“I described it yesterday as a race: we have the vaccines in a lane – we’re trying to accelerate that,” she said.
“We have the virus, which has just learned to run faster, in the other lane, and we need to slow it down.”
“She went on to say, “Lockdown is about trying to slow down the virus and drive the pace back down.
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“If we can do that, then hopefully we can lift some of those restrictions while the vaccination program is going on, even in the first phase of it,” he said.
“But I can’t be sure about that yet, because it depends on our ability to get the infection rates down.”