Portugal polls on Jan 24 despite lockdown: Prez


Lisbon, Jan 21 | Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has confirmed the holding of presidential elections on January 24, despite the ongoing lockdown imposed in the country in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“The Portuguese should vote on Sunday. It is very important to vote while respecting health rules, many democracies have done so in far more serious situations than we are experiencing,” he told journalists here on Wednesday.

In the midst of a campaign for re-election, Rebelo de Sousa said that “the response to fight the pandemic” cannot “paralyse democracy”, ruling out any possibility of the election being postponed, reports Xinhua news agency.

The President admitted that the elections must continue even if it is “almost inevitable” to hold the second round.

“This is a way of showing a commitment to affirming democracy, not suspending it, not paralysing it, not stopping it and not postponing it. We affirm the importance of living in democracy, whether or not there is a pandemic,”he added.

Rebelo de Sousa said he assumed “maximum responsibility for what goes well or badly” in the political management of the fight against the virus in Portugal.

Seven candidates, including incumbent Rebelo de Sousa who was elected in January 2016 with 52 per cent of the votes, are in the running in next Sunday’s poll.

Under Portuguese law, a candidate must receive a majority of votes to be elected.

If no candidate achieves a majority in the first round, a runoff election has to be take place.

Early vote started on January 17 with some 250,000 voters taking part.

This Sunday most citizens are expected to cast their votes in various locations across the country.

Portugal on Wednesday recorded its worst day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 14,647 new infections and 219 deaths recorded in just 24 hours.

The country’s overall Covid-19 caseload and death toll currently stand at 581,605 and 9,465, respectively.

On January 15, Portugal entered a new nationwide lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The state of emergency will remain in force until January 30.

Source: IANS

Sponsors Posts

From being a developer to a CEO in California, Manthan Dudeja's top tips to make money while you're still in college

From being a developer to a CEO in California, Manthan Dudeja's top tips to make money while you're still in college

Gone are the days when one had to finish school, college and subsequent years in getting trained to be able to sustain oneself with decent income. Today, what you earn eventually depends upon your skillset and how early you got started to build an expertise in your domain.

Manthan Dudeja, who currently lives in California and is still in his graduation years, understood the perks of starting early and is now a CEO who has worked across a plethora of jobs, from IoS programming to website development and blogging to trying his hand at Amazon Associates.

In conversation with this dynamic entrepreneur, let’s decode the various options for freshers to make a side income while they are still in school/college –

  • Content writer/Editor

Manthan explains how he started off by writing for blogs with whatever knowledge he had and with the help of internet, this could be by either writing for your own online blog, for instance Manthan was interested in Tech, so he was writing for his blog ‘TechCrack‘ or for someone else in the capacity of a content writer.

It’s not difficult to get started if you have the basic understanding to develop a ‘flow’ while writing a piece and the skill to write what suits your target audience.

  • Software developers/ Programmers/ Coders – Today, software/app developers are earning more than the average of $60 an hour by working remotely. There are a host of online paid/free platforms providing trainings to acquire such skills, Manthan has been an app/website developer for the longest time and by far, this skill has given him the best results for his work.
  • Digital Marketer/ E-Marketer-

Your journey to become a digital marketer starts the day you take the step of self-educating yourself and learning the tricks to attract potential customers either by way of Google, Facebook, or any other digital platform by a host of scalable ways on the internet, undoubtedly, digital marketing is the hottest online work from home concept of this decade.

Manthan is today a successful digital marketer who has equipped himself with the advanced knowledge of online ads on various mediums and has effectively used these skills to generate incredible revenue over time.

These are some of the best ways to get started, according to Manthan, all


Sponsors Posts

2 BHK Residential Apartment for Sale in Aadhya Hills Bhita Jabalpur

2 BHK Residential Apartment for Sale in Aadhya Hills Bhita Jabalpur
Aadhya Hills is one of the residential development. It offers spacious and skillfully designed apartments. The project is well equipped with all modern amenities to facilitate the needs of the residents.
  • Property type: Residential Apartment 
  • Offer type: For Sale 
  • City: Jabalpur 
  • Zip Code: 482001 
  • Locality: Bhita 
  • Landmark: Bhita 
  • RERA Registration Number: P-JBP-18-1599 

For more details please click here or visit bhaskarproperty.com


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here