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EC Extends Ban On Physical Rallies Till Jan 22 Amid Covid Spike

The EC granted relaxation to political parties to the extent that their indoor meetings could include a maximum of 300 persons or at 50 per cent of the capacity of the hall.

In Picture UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressing a political rally in Amethi on Jan 3, 2022. (Courtesy: Twitter/ Yogi Adityanath)

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Saturday extended the ban on physical campaign rallies and roadshows till January 22. The poll body has imposed the ban in view of the exponentially rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

The EC granted relaxation to political parties to the extent that their indoor meetings could include a maximum of 300 persons or at 50 per cent of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by the respective State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs).

Further, the political parties have to adhere to the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and the broad guidelines on COVID protocol. The poll body directed the state and district administration to ensure compliance of all instructions related to the MCC and COVID-19.

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Announcing the schedule of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on January 8, the panel had taken the unprecedented step of banning public rallies, roadshows and corner meetings till January 15 in view of the pandemic.

The Commission had also listed 16-point guidelines for campaigning as it banned ‘nukkad sabhas’ (corner meetings) on public roads and roundabouts, limited the number of persons allowed for the door-to-door campaign to five, including the candidate, and prohibited victory processions after the counting of votes.

Assembly polls in the five states will be held in seven phases between February 10 and March 7 and the counting of votes will be on March 10.

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