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Election Commission Guidelines – Ban Rallies and Roadshows

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Highlights

  • The Election Commission guidelines have been released for the states having the election 
  • It has extended the ban on physical rallies and roadshows until January 22 in states, where assembly elections are scheduled in February and March 2022
  • Political parties can gather a maximum of 300 people in the indoor meetings.

The Election Commission of India has extended the ban on physical rallies and roadshows until January 22 in poll-bound states. Previously, on January 8, the Election Commission levied a ban on rallies and roadshow protests till January 15 on announcing polls in 5 states. As per the Election Commission guidelines, due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, the ban has been extended up-till January 22. The extension has been imposed in the 5 election-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur as they prepare to poll.

Election Commission Guidelines And Norms

As per the Election Commission, by following the covid protocols and maintaining social distancing, the parties have been granted permission to host meetings indoors with a maximum of 300 persons or 50 percent capacity of the venue whichever option is lower. Parties have been informed to adhere to Covid protocols. The poll panel directed state and district administrations to ensure and comply with all instructions pertaining to the poll code. It also directed the said administrators to adhere to Covid protocols to avoid the spreading of the virus.

As India is witnessing another wave of Covid, there has been a call for conducting a ban on physical rallies and roadshows. A recent survey discloses 31 percent of people requesting to postpone the elections, whereas another 41 percent requested for a ban on political rallies.

Bottom Line

In order to prevent the rise of Covid cases, the Election Commission of India extended its previously imposed ban on the 5 election-bound states. Instead of January 15, the ban has been extended till January 22 amid pleas for extension and ban. Parties have also been instructed to follow the Covid protocols.

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