Panaji: The Election Commission of India has withdrawn the blanket ban on victory processions after counting of the votes are over.
ECI’s Joint Director (Media) Anuj Chandak, in a press note released here, has said that viewing the current status of COVID-19 in the poll going states, the Commission has decided to relax the guidelines on victory processions during and after the counting.
He said that the ECI has withdrawn the blanket ban on victory processions. “However, this relaxation will be subject to existing instructions of SDMA (Sub Divisional Magistrate) and preventive measures, imposed by concerned district authorities,” Chandak said.
ECI had announced General Elections to the Legislative Assembly Assmblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on January 8, 2022.
“Along with the announcement of the elections, Commission also issued Revised Broad Guidelines to regulate various aspects of elections including victory processions during the period of COVID,” Chandak said.
During the period of elections as the COVID situation improved, Commission gradually relaxed the norms concerning electioneering in consultation with Union Home Ministry and State Governments, he said.