Election rallies ban in Punjab till 22 January
ECI extends ban on physical rallies and roadshows until 22 January,
ECI grants relaxation for the political parties to the extent that indoor
meetings of maximum of 300 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall
or the prescribed limit set by SDMA
ECI directs political parties to adhere to the provisions of MCC and
the broad guidelines of COVID
ECI directs State/ District Administration to ensure compliance of all
instructions related to MCC and COVID
The Election Commission of India today held separate virtual meetings
with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Chief Secretaries
and Health Secretaries of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar
Pradesh, as also the Chief Electoral Officers of these five poll going States.
Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election
Commissioners Shri Rajiv Kumar and Shri Anup Chandra Pandey
accompanied by Secretary General and concerned Deputy Election
Commissioners held a comprehensive review of present status and
projected trends of COVID pandemic with special focus in the five poll
going states. Vaccination status and action plan for expeditiously
completing vaccination for 1st, 2nd and booster dose for eligible persons
amongst Frontline workers and polling personnel was also reviewed.
The Commission also discussed SDMA’s restrictions and state specific
extant guidelines regulating the norms of gathering of persons during the
period of pandemic.
Now, therefore, after considering the present situation, facts and
circumstances as also the inputs received in these meetings, the
Commission has directed as follows:
(1)No road show, Pad-yatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession
shall be allowed till 22 January, 2022. Commission shall
subsequently review the situation and issue further instructions
(2)No physical rally of Political parties or candidates (including
probable) or any other group related to election shall be allowed till
22 January, 2022.
(3)However, the Commission has granted relaxation for the political
parties to the extent that indoor meetings of maximum of 300
persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set
by SDMA will be allowed.
(4)Political parties shall ensure the compliance of COVID appropriate
behaviour & guidelines and Model Code of Conduct at all occasions
during the activities connected with elections.
(5)All remaining restrictions as contained in the Revised Broad
Guidelines for Conduct of Elections, 2022 issued on 8 January 2022
shall continue to operate.
All concerned State/District authorities shall ensure full compliance of