Election Commission To Extend Ban On Public Rallies, Roadshows Due To Covid Surge

New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to extend the ban on public rallies, roadshows and corner meetings of political parties in the five poll-bound states due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, sources said.

Last week, while announcing the schedule of elections to five states (Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand), the Election Commission had banned all such rallies and public meetings till January 15.

Sources in the Election Commission said an order extending the ban on physical rallies would be issued on Friday evening or on Saturday.

Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote on February 14 and Manipur will vote on February 27 and March 3. Counting of votes will be done on March 10.

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