2022 Assembly polls: EC to meet on Saturday to review ban on public rallies, road shows

While announcing the poll schedule for the 5 states, the poll panel had taken an unprecedented step by banning public rallies, road shows and similar physical campaigning events in view of rising COVID-19 cases

Press Trust of India January 15, 2022 12:42:46 IST
2022 Assembly polls: EC to meet on Saturday to review ban on public rallies, road shows

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New Delhi: The Election Commission will meet on Saturday to decide if the ban imposed by it on public rallies and road shows should continue.

While announcing the poll schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on 8 January, 2022, the poll panel had taken an unprecedented step by banning public rallies, road shows and similar physical campaigning events till 15 January, 2022, in view of rising COVID-19 cases.

The poll watchdog will be holding meetings with Union health secretary and chief secretaries of the five poll-bound states to decide on "any relaxation" on public rallies, according to the sources aware of the review meetings.

On 8 January, 2022, the Commission had also listed out 16-point guidelines for campaigning as it banned 'nukkad sabhas' (corner meetings) on public roads and roundabouts, limited the number of persons allowed for door-to-door campaign to five, including the candidate, and prohibited victory processions after the counting on votes.

Separately, in a press release on 14 January, 2022, the Election Commission (EC) said on considering the ongoing pandemic and enhanced relevance of non-contact-based campaign, it had, in consultation with Prasar Bharti Corporation decided to double the broadcast/telecast time allotted to each national party and recognised state party of the five states.

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