COVID impact: To stop massive crowds, EC reduces no of star campaigners for Bihar polls, bypolls : The Tribune India

2020/10 07 22:10

New Delhi, October 7

Involved over massive gatherings throughout campaigning for the upcoming Bihar meeting elections and bypolls in a number of states amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Election Fee on Wednesday lowered the utmost variety of ‘star campaigners’ for recognised nationwide and state events from 40 to 30.

For unrecognised registered political events, the utmost variety of star campaigners has been introduced right down to 15 rather than 20 “in the course of the interval of pandemic”.

In a letter to all chief electoral officers, the Fee mentioned the interval of submission of the listing of star campaigners has been prolonged from 7 days to 10 days from the date of notification for a selected section of polling.

India has eight recognised nationwide political events—BJP, Congress, BSP, NCP, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPIM and NPP.

The Fee mentioned it was knowledgeable in the course of the go to to Bihar in regards to the matter of huge gatherings due to the presence of star campaigners.

Throughout a press convention on October 1, clarifications had been sought in regards to the potential well being considerations throughout such visits, particularly large crowds gathering in the course of the touchdown of helicopters.

“The matter was additional deliberated within the Fee in the present day (Wednesday). After contemplating all information and circumstances rising attributable to pandemic and conserving a steadiness between the necessities of marketing campaign by the political events, (the) Fee has determined to revise the norms of star campaigners,” the letter mentioned.

The three-phased meeting elections in Bihar shall be held on October 28, November three and November 7.

Varied bypolls to vacant meeting seats throughout states will happen on November three and seven.

The Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar may even go for bypoll on November 7.

Political events, which have already submitted a listing of star campaigners, should resubmit a revised listing with lesser variety of such celeb campaigners inside the stipulated interval.

“Request for permission for the campaigning by star campaigners shall be submitted to the district election authorities not less than 48 hours earlier than the beginning of marketing campaign so that each one mandatory security measures are put in place by all involved stakeholders effectively in time,” the letter mentioned. PTI

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