New Delhi. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is going to hold big meetings regarding the restrictions imposed on election rallies due to Coronavirus. It is reported that even after January 15, the ban on road shows and rallies may continue. During the announcement of the assembly elections program in five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand) on Saturday, the Commission announced restrictions. Had given.
The Election Commission will hold three important meetings on Saturday. First of all, the issue of restrictions will be discussed with the Union Health Secretary at 11 o’clock. After this, the commission will hold a meeting with the health secretaries and chief secretaries of the election states at 12 noon. Finally, the Chief Electoral Officers of the five electoral states will attend the meeting to be held at 1 o’clock. After these discussions, a new order will be issued by the commission.
According to sources, the ongoing restrictions can be extended for a few days. Since the time when the Election Commission had put a ban, till now there has been a significant increase in the cases of corona. It has been received that Yoga will evaluate the situation now. Along with this, the Election Commission will also consider the demand of political parties seeking exemption.
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According to the language, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday appealed to the Election Commission to reconsider the ban imposed on direct rallies and roadshows till January 15 due to COVID concerns. The SAD also said that small campaign meetings should be allowed in Punjab as it is necessary for the candidates to make contact with all sections of the society.
Such will be the election program
Elections will be held in 7 phases in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Manipur. This process will start from February 10 and the results will be declared on March 10. Elections will be held in UP in seven phases (10 February, 14 February, 20 February, 23 February, 27 February, 3 March, 7 March). Elections in Manipur will be held in two phases (February 27 and March 3). Whereas, polling in Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand will be completed in a single phase on February 14.