#Election2022: Rallies, roadshows banned till January 15 in five poll-bound states amid COVID-19 surge

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New Delhi: Amid rising cases of COVID-19 across the country, the Election Commission of India on Saturday directed that no political rallies and roadshows be held till January 15 for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. will not be allowed.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra while addressing said, “No physical rally of political parties or perhaps candidates or any other group related to the election will be allowed till January 15. The Election Commission will review the situation later and Will issue further instructions.” A press conference here.

“No road shows, padyatras, cycle or bike rallies and processions will be allowed till January 15. The situation will be reviewed and fresh instructions will be issued later,” the CEC said.

Chandra said, “Our citizen application should be used by voters to report any incidents of violation of model code of conduct, distribution of funds and free gifts. Within 100 minutes of the complaint, the Election Commission officials will report the crime Will reach the place,” said Chandra.

Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases from February 10 to March 7; Polling is to be held in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa on February 14 and Manipur on February 27 and March 3.

Counting of votes for the five poll-bound states will take place on March 10.

A total of 18.34 crore voters, including service voters, will participate in the upcoming assembly elections in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Voting is to be held in 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, 70 seats in Uttarakhand, 117 seats in Punjab, 40 seats in Goa and 60 seats in Manipur. Out of these 5 electoral states, BJP is in power in 4 states including Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

First published:January 8, 2022, 6:01 pm

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