Election Commission ban on roadshows, rallies till January 31

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Election Commission ban on roadshows, rallies till January 31

The Election Commission agreed on Saturday to prolong the ban on physical demonstrations and roadshows until next week, citing an increase in COVID instances in the country. To combat the rise in coronavirus infections in the five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand, the commission banned all physical rallies, roadshows, and padayatra.

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The Commission held a series of virtual meetings today to decide whether the ban on physical rallies and roadshows imposed by it to prevent the spread of coronavirus should be extended, and it was decided that because the COVID situation in the country has not improved significantly, the restriction would be extended for at least another week, according sources.

The poll panel had previously declared a prohibition on physical rallies, road and bike shows, and similar campaigning events until January 15, when it set the dates for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, and Manipur on January 8. When the situation in COVID-19 changed dramatically, the commission decided to extend the prohibition until January 22.

It had, however, given political parties permission to have inside meetings of up to 300 individuals, or 50% of the hall’s capacity.

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Last Monday, the European Commission ordered political parties to follow the model code of conduct and Covid’s broad principles. The ECI urged state/district administration to ensure that the model code of conduct and Covid directives are followed.

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