NEW DELHI: Election Commission of India today announced that the ban on Road Shows, pad-yatras, cycle-bike-vehicle rallies and processions will continue till February, 11. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra Along With Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey held another comprehensive review of the present situation of Covid-19 infection particularly in the election states.
The election body has granted permission for physical rallies with a maximum capacity of 1000 people. Indoor meetings will be allowed to have a maximum capacity of 500 people and 20 people can go for the door to door campaign.
“The Commission has also granted relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of a maximum of 500 persons (instead of existing 300 persons) or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA is allowed.”
Previously, the limit for the door to door campaign was 10 people, excluding security personnel. Video vans for publicity were permitted at designated open spaces in compliance with Covid-19 protocols.
The election commission put a ban on physical rallies and roadshows with the announcement of the voting schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on January 8 citing increase in Covid-19 cases.
Assembly elections will be held in seven phases beginning on February 10 in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. The ballots will be counted on March 10.