Election Commission today relaxed norms for campaigning in the five poll-bound states, decided do away with the absolute number restriction of 1,000 people in open ground for physical rallies. It allowed political parties and candidates to hold such events with 50 per cent of capacity of indoor space and 30 per cent outdoor. The poll panel, however, decided to extend the ban on roadshows, padyatras and cycle and vehicle rallies. The maximum number of persons allowed for door-to-door canvassing remains 20 and the ban on campaign between 8 pm and 8 am also stays.
The announcement followed the Commission’s meeting with the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to assess the Covid situation.
The Election Commission said open ground rallies would be held only in areas specifically designated by the district authorities and subject to compliance of all conditions of the SDMA.