The Election Commission has imposed several new rules for the election of the remaining phases in the all-party meeting on Friday in connection with the ongoing West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections in the entire country. Under the new rules, the commission has reduced the promotional period for the remaining phases. The commission said that in the remaining three phases, the campaigning time will be only till 7 pm. Now after 7 pm, there will be no publicity till 10 am.
Apart from this, the Commission has extended the period of pre-poll campaigning noise. According to the Commission, the duration of publicity noise has been increased from 48 hours to 72 hours in the remaining three phases, after which now the noise of campaigning will be halted three days before polling.
Apart from this, in the all-party meeting, the Election Commission also asked all parties and candidates to strictly follow the Corona Protocol in campaigning. The Commission clearly stated that strict action will be taken against those who violate the Corona related protocol. Also, the Commission directed that it would be the responsibility of the organizer to make masks and sanitizers available to all the people coming to any gathering or rally and the expenditure would be added to the candidate’s election expenses.
Apart from this, the Commission in today’s meeting also decided that during campaigning, star campaigners of all the parties, all the leaders themselves, the candidates and party workers will wear masks and also follow the safe distance. Along with this, they will also have to use sanitizer, so that they can set an example for the public.
Significantly, in the midst of the intensifying outbreak of the Corona epidemic, Bengal is to have a fifth phase of voting on Saturday. Even after this, there are three phases of elections. In view of the situation, the Election Commission convened an all-party meeting in Kolkata on Friday, in which these decisions were taken. All these new rules will be applicable in the last three phases of Bengal elections.
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