December 7, 2022

election commission: Election Commission extends ban on election rallies, roadshows till January 31 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday extended the ban on physical rallies and roadshows in poll-bound states until January 31 but allowed public meetings by parties and candidates in open spaces, subject to a cap of 500 people, for the campaign of first phase starting January 28 and second phase beginning February 1.
So while physical rallies, padayatras, roadshows and car or bike rallies will not be allowed in constituencies going to polls between Phase 3 to Phase 7, in-person public meetings with maximum 500 persons or up to 50% of the ground capacity or existing SDMA limit, whichever is less, may be conducted between January 28 and February 8 in 58 assembly constituencies of UP going to polls in the first phase and between February 1 and 12 for 55 assembly seats in UP for second phase and the whole of Goa and Uttarakhand. Roadshows and padyatras will remain barred till January 31 even in constituencies going to polls in the first two phases.
Roadshows, padyatras and bike and car rallies, however, remain banned till January 31 across all constituencies irrespective of phases.
Election Commission sources said the Covid situation is expected to turn around and vaccination coverage likely to reach satisfactory levels by January 31, when the panel will review campaign restrictions next. If this happens, physical meetings with a similar cap may eventually be allowed across all phases.

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