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The Election Commission on Saturday extended the ban on physical rallies and roadshows in the five poll-bound states till January 22 amid the rise in coronavirus cases.
The poll panel, however, allowed political parties to hold indoor meetings of up to 300 people or 50% of the venue’s capacity or the limit set by the state disaster management authority.
While announcing the poll schedule for Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on January 8, the Election Commission had banned all physical rallies, roadshows, processions and vehicle rallies till January 15.
On Saturday, the poll panel held a series of meetings with the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, chief electoral officers, chief secretaries and health secretaries of the five states.
“Political parties shall ensure the compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour and guidelines and Model Code of Conduct at all occasions during the activities connected with elections,” the Election Commission said in a statement later.
ECI extends ban on physical rallies and roadshows until 22 January, 2022.
ECI grants relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor meetings of maximum of 300 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by SDMA https://t.co/MX0tuvKHEq
— Spokesperson ECI (@SpokespersonECI) January 15, 2022
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