Assembly elections: Election Commission extends ban on public rallies as Covid cases rise rapidly

Tribune News Service

Delhi, 15 January

India’s Election Commission on Saturday extended its ban on public rallies, PTI reported, telling officials – a development that continues to see the country register a huge jump in COVID-19 cases, mainly by the highly permeable Omicron. fuel.

A statement from the Election Commission of India said it is extending its ban on public rallies, road shows and meeting till January 22

The Election Commission of India last week announced elections in five states but banned public rallies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Assembly elections are to be held in five states- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur from February 10. The seven-phase e-polls will end on March 7 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

India recorded 2.69 lakh new Covid-19 cases and 406 new deaths on Saturday.

Learning from its mistakes last year, the Election Commission of India announced a slew of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic, including banning public rallies.

In assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry last year, public leaders addressed political rallies despite warnings from experts. The rallies have been blamed for contributing to the disastrous second wave that was inspired by the sparse delta version.

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