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In the wake of the rising infections across the country, the election commission while imposing the model code of conduct said that public shows, rallies, and roadshows would be banned until the 15th of January. 
 
The election commission is all set to have a meeting today to decide if the ban will continue or will they be allowed. The decision is to be based on the basis of the inputs given to the commission about the spread of Omicron. 
 
On the 8th of January, the panel had decided that public processions would be banned till the 15th of January in the state of UP, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, and Manipur due to the spike in covid cases. 

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The commission had also listed 16-point guidelines for campaigning as it banned ‘nukkad sabhas’ on public roads. It had also limited the number of people for door-to door campaigning to 5 and prohibited the winning procession after the counting of votes. 
 
In a press release on Friday, the EC said that considering the ongoing pandemic and enhanced relevance of non-contact-based campaign, it has, in consultation with Prasar Bharti Corporation, decided to double the broadcast/telecast time allotted to each national party and recognised state party of the five states.
 
India recorded 2,64,202 new COVID-19 infections and the active caseload has now gone upto 12,72,073.
 
 
 

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