Election Commission extends ban on poll rallies, roadshows till 31s Jan
New Delhi, Jan 15: The Election Commission on Saturday further extended the ban on election rallies, roadshows and corner meetings till January 31 in the five poll-bound states.
According to a press release from the ECI, it has enhanced the limit of persons for door-to-door campaigns from 5 to 10 persons. Also, the commission has permitted video vans for publicity at designated open spaces with COVID-19 restrictions.
The members of the ECI earlier in the day had a meeting with the Union Health Secretary and the Chief Health Secretaries of the five poll-bound states to review the ban on holding physical roadshows and rallies by political parties ahead of Assembly elections.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar, Anup Chandra Pandey, Secretary General, and concerned Deputy Election Commissioners also held a comprehensive review of the present situation with respect to status and projected trends of COVID-19 pandemic in the five poll going states, said a press release by Election Commission of India.
Apart from extending ban on physical rallies and roadshows till January 31, Commission has also decided the following: -
For the phase 1 polling on February 10, political parties and contesting candidates can hold "physical public meetings" with a cap of 500 people from January 28. For the phase 2 polling on February 14, such meetings can be held from February 1.
Since contesting candidates for Phase 1 elections will be finalised on January 27, the Commission has decided to allow "physical public meetings" of the political parties concerned and contesting candidates "in designated open spaces with a maximum of 500 persons or 50 per cent of the capacity of the ground or the prescribed limit set by state disaster management authorities (SDMA), whichever number is lesser, from January 28 till February 8", excluding the 48-hour silence period.
Similarly, since contesting candidates for Phase 2 elections will be finalised on January 31, the Commission decided to allow physical meetings of the political parties concerned and contesting candidates from February 1 till February 12 (excluding the silence period).
The EC has already granted relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of a maximum of 300 persons or 50 per cent of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA is allowed.