Assembly Elections 2022: The Election Commission has extended the ban on rallies, road shows till January 31, some relief given here. Election Commission of India extends the ban on physical rallies and roadshows till 31 Jan

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  • Election rallies and road shows will remain closed for now
  • 10 people will be able to do door to door campaign – Election Commission

New Delhi. The Election Commission of India on Saturday extended the ban on election rallies, processions and road shows in the election states till January 31. However, the Election Commission of India has given some relief to the candidates of the first phase. In a relief, the Election Commission has allowed the candidates of Phase I and II to hold gatherings up to a limit of 500 people.

The Election Commission (ECI) has extended the ban on physical election rallies and road shows till January 31, 2022. Also, ECI has increased the limit of 5 persons to 10 persons for door to door campaign. Exemptions have been given from January 28, 2022 for physical public meetings of political parties or contesting candidates for Phase I and from February 1, 2022 for Phase II.

10 people will be able to participate in door to door campaign

The Election Commission of India said that road shows, pad-yatras, cycle/bike/vehicle rallies and processions will not be allowed till January 31, 2022. Apart from this, the limit of 5 persons has been increased to 10 persons for door to door campaign. The commission said that video vans have been allowed for publicity at designated open places with COVID restrictions. Exemptions have been given from January 28, 2022 for physical public meetings of political parties or contesting candidates for Phase I and from February 1, 2022 for Phase II. It was agreed in the meeting held on Saturday to review the status of infection and vaccination. On Saturday, the Election Commission of India took this decision after a virtual meeting with the Union Health Secretary and Chief Health Secretaries of five states.

The Election Commission has approved 500 or up to 50% of the hall capacity for indoor meetings. For this, it will be mandatory to take approval in this regard from the District Election Commission and it is also necessary to follow the rules of Corona. Campaigning will be allowed only on social media.

The Election Commission has said that it will review the situation again and take a further decision on whether to allow physical rallies in future. The assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will be held from February 10 to March 7. The results of the elections will be declared on March 10.

Let us inform that with the announcement of the election dates of the five states on 9 January, till January 15, there was a complete ban on rallies, street meetings, pad yatras, cycle rallies. After reviewing it on January 15, the commission kept this restriction in force. However, giving some relief to the parties, indoor gathering was allowed with 50 per cent room capacity.

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