- Rallies, road shows and street meetings banned till January 15
- Election Commission will decide on Saturday whether approval will be given or not
- Assembly elections will start from February 10 and will continue till March 7.
The Election Commission will take a decision in a meeting on Saturday whether to extend the ban on rallies, road shows and street meetings in the five election states beyond January 15 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sources said a decision would be taken based on information about the spread of the virus and its new form, Omicron.
The commission, while announcing the schedule of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on January 8, had taken a step to ban public rallies, road shows and street gatherings till January 15 in view of the pandemic.
The Election Commission had also issued 16-point guidelines. It has prohibited street gatherings on public streets and squares, though has allowed door-to-door campaigning for a limited number of people. There will also be a ban on taking out victory processions after the election results.
In a press conference on Friday, the Election Commission had urged political parties to campaign through digital medium. He had also said that the time allotted to political parties for campaigning through the state broadcaster Doordarshan would be doubled. Assembly elections in five states will start from February 10 and will continue till March 7 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.