EC extends ban on physical rallies, road shows till January 31 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Saturday extended a ban on physical rallies and road shows till January 31 amid rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.
However, the EC allowed a small window for in-person campaigning in indoor spaces. Parties and candidates can hold physical meetings with maximum 500 persons in open spaces from January 28 for first phase and from February 1 for second phase.
“ECI extends ban on physical rallies and road shows till January 31, 2022. Relaxation for Physical public meetings of Political parties or contesting candidates for Phase 1 allowed from January 28, 2022 and for Phase 2 from February 1, 2022,” the poll panel said in a tweet.
“Limit of 5 persons for door to door campaign enhanced to 10 persons. Video vans for publicity permitted at designated open spaces with Covid restrictions,” it added.
The EC has also allowed video vans for publicity permitted at designated open spaces with Covid restrictions with maximum 500 viewers or 50% of the capacity or the limit set by SDMA.
Announcing dates for elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on January 8, the poll panel had extended a ban on physical rallies, road and bike shows, and similar campaigning events till January 22.
EC had asked parties to keep their election activities in line with its Covid norms, model code and extant disaster management guidelines.

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