All-party meeting: Commission reduces campaign period, know important decisions related to Bengal elections

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By: Anjan Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-04-16 19:58:46 IST

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Now election campaign will be held till seven in the evening Noise pause duration also increased from 48 hours to 72 hours

After the all-party meeting, the Election Commission has reduced the period of campaigning in the remaining phases of the assembly elections in West Bengal. The Election Commission has said that the election campaign time has been limited to 7 pm. There will be no election campaign from 7 pm to 10 am. 

In the same way, the period of stopping the noise of the campaign before the polling has also been increased from 48 hours to 72 hours. That is, now the campaign will stop three days before the voting. The Election Commission convened an all-party meeting in Kolkata on Friday amid the growing outbreak of the Corona epidemic in Bengal. This decision was taken in this. The new rules will come into force in the three phases of voting left after Saturday of the Bengal assembly elections. 

Strict Action on Violation of Corona Protocol
The Election Commission clearly stated in the meeting that candidates and parties will have to strictly follow the Corona Protocol. If anyone violates it, strict action will be taken against it. A criminal case can also be filed for violating the Corona Guide Line. 

To provide masks and sanitizers in the rally
The Commission directed that it will be the responsibility of the organizer to provide masks and sanitizers to all the people participating in any gathering or rally etc. Its cost will be added to the candidate's election expenses. Election expenses should be within the prescribed limit. 

Leaders, star campaigners, candidates and supporters wear masks
The commission also said that during campaigning, star campaigners, leaders, candidates of all parties themselves and their supporters will wear masks and set an example for the public. They also have to use sanitizers and follow safe distances. Crowd control measures will also have to be taken when needed. 

It must be noted, the fifth phase of voting is going to be held in Bengal on Saturday. After this, three phases of voting will remain. In view of the latest outbreak of the Corona epidemic in these three phases, an all-party meeting convened on Friday directed the new arrangements for rescue from Corona. 

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