The ban on roadshows and rallies for next month’s state polls was extended till the end of this month on Saturday by the Election Commission but with relaxations for the first two phases of voting due on February 10 and 14.
The decision came after the election body held a meeting earlier in the day with the Union Health Secretary and the Chief Health Secretaries of the five states to review the restrictions given the surge in coronavirus cases.
The Election Commission had banned election rallies and roadshows until January 15 first and later extended the curbs till January 22. The progress on vaccination will be a key factor in allowing relaxations, officials had said.
However, this time, the election poll body has allowed relaxation for physical public meetings of political parties or contesting candidates for Phase 1 from January 28 and for Phase 2 from February 1.
It said that the limit of five people for door-to-door campaign has been raised to 10, excluding security personnel and video vans for publicity permitted at designated open spaces with COVID-19 restrictions. Other instructions on door-to-door campaigns will continue.