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Election Commission extends ban on rallies till February 11

The Commission has, however, introduced some relaxations in the numbers permitted for physical public rallies from February 1, by allowing a maximum of 1,000 persons, or 50 percent capacity of the ground, whichever is lesser.

January 31, 2022 / 03:54 PM IST
Representative image (Image by BJP via Wikimedia Commons 2.0)

Representative image (Image by BJP via Wikimedia Commons 2.0)

The Election Commission of India on January 31 announced that the ban on political rallies will be extended till February 11.

A statement issued by the Election Commission read: "The ECI extends ban on road shows, padyatras (on-foot), cycle/bike/vehicle rallies, and processions till February 11, 2022."

The Commission has, however, introduced some relaxations in the numbers permitted for physical public rallies from February 1, by allowing a maximum of 1,000 persons, or 50 percent capacity of the ground, whichever is lesser. Additionally, political parties can now hold indoor meetings with a maximum capacity of 500 people or 50 percent capacity of the hall (whichever is lesser), while 20 people (excluding security personnel) will be allowed at door-to-door campaigns.

Earlier, 500 persons were allowed at public physical rallies, 300 at indoor meets, and only 10 persons at door-to-door campaigns.

The ECI decided to extend the ban to avoid a spurt in COVID-19 cases in the country. The decision was taken days ahead of the commencement of the 2022 Assembly elections in five states.

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Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra had called a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the five states that are going to polls next month, namely, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Manipur. At the review meet, in-depth discussions were also held on the current vaccination status in these states.

 



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first published: Jan 31, 2022 03:39 pm
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