New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has extended the ban of physical rallies and roadshows by political parties till January 31. Earlier, while announcing the ban till January 22, the EC had said it would review the Covid-19 situation in the country and decide on extension.
The daily tally of Covid-19 in India was more than 3.37 lakh on Saturday morning, with the 24-death toll above 400.
In view of the rising cases, the Election Commission on Saturday announced an extension on the ban on physical rallies, processions and roadshows as they are likely to attract huge crowds. The decision was taken at a review meeting.
The commission has also decided to allow physical public meetings of political parties or contesting candidates in designated open spaces with a maximum of 500 persons or 50 per cent of the capacity of the ground, whichever is lesser, from January 28 to February 8 (excluding the silence period).
The current limit of five persons for door-to-door campaigning has been increased to 10.
Also, video vans for publicity will be permitted at designated open spaces with Covid restrictions.
A total of five states will have their respective Assembly elections starting February 10. These include Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
The elections will be held in seven phases, with the last one on March 7. Counting of votes will be on March 10.
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