Election Commission will not hesitate to prohibit parties from rallies if Covid protocol is not followed. (PTI)

Rallies, roadshows banned until 15 January

Reckoning with the severity of the present Covid-19 scenario the Election Fee of India has determined to ban political rallies, roadshows, bodily campaigning, nukkad sabhas, and padayatras within the 5 poll-bound states until January 15. Elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur, and Goa will probably be held between February 10 and March 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will probably be finished on March 10.

In a press briefing, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra stated that the ballot authority will overview the present Covid-19 scenario on January 15 and take an additional name on permitting public rallies.

He stated that the Election Fee won’t hesitate to ban events from rallies if Covid protocol is just not adopted.

“No bodily rally of political events or most likely candidates or another group associated to elections shall be allowed until January 15. ECI ought to subsequently overview the scenario and subject additional directions accordingly,” the Election Fee head stated.

Moreover, the Election Fee additionally put a cap on the variety of individuals going for the door-to-door marketing campaign. As per the most recent order, as much as 5 persons are allowed to do door-to-door campaigning. Political events have been requested to offer masks and hand sanitizers to individuals campaigning for them.

Furthermore, the Election Fee has banned victory celebrations with solely two individuals will probably be allowed to accompany the candidate to gather the profitable certificates.

The upcoming meeting elections have enormous political significance with BJP ruling 4 of those 5 states, whereas it’s making a giant push to seize Congress-ruled Punjab, the place the Aam Aadmi Occasion can be rising as an necessary participant.

Voting in Uttar Pradesh (Section 1 and a couple of), Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Goa would happen on February 10 and February 14.

Within the politically necessary Uttar Pradesh, voting will probably be held in 403 meeting seats, ranging from the western area and can transfer in direction of the east over seven phases from February 10 to March 7. For Manipur’s 60 meeting constituencies, elections will probably be held in two phases on February 27 and March 3, whereas polling in Goa (40 seats), Punjab (117 seats), and Uttarakhand (70 seats) will probably be held on February 14. The EC stated that it has requested chief secretaries of the poll-bound states to expedite the vaccination drive.

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