New Delhi, Agencies. Keeping in mind the difficulties being faced by the Corona restrictions, the Election Commission on Friday changed the registration rules of new political parties in five electoral states, reducing the notice period from 30 days to seven days. At the same time, the Election Commission will take a decision on Saturday whether to increase the restrictions on rallies, street meetings and road shows in five election states in view of the Kovid-19 epidemic.

Will decide on the latest update of Corona

Sources said that a decision will be taken in the meeting of the Election Commission to be held on Saturday on the basis of information about the spread of corona virus and its new variant Omicron. The Election Commission, while announcing the schedule of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur on January 8, had banned rallies, road shows and street meetings till January 15 in view of the pandemic.

Simplified rules for new parties

At the same time, the Commission has reduced the notice period from 30 days to seven days, making changes in the registration rules of new political parties in the electoral states due to the Kovid restrictions. The commission has clarified that a political party has to apply for registration within 30 days of its formation. The applicant is asked to publish the proposed name of the party in two national and two local newspapers for two days.

30 days notice period reduced

Any objection can be lodged within 30 days from the date of publication of the notice. Now the commission has given exemption to new parties. According to a PTI report, the notice period for parties that published public notices before January 8 has been reduced from 30 days to seven days. The Commission has also talked about doubling the time given to the parties for campaigning through Doordarshan.

Told supervisors, be visible and ethical

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra on Friday asked the observers to be deployed in the assembly elections in five states to be visible and accessible and ethical while acting as the eyes and ears of the Election Commission. He asked the expenditure supervisors to further hone their skills to deal with the innovative methods being used to woo voters.

Corona protocol to be followed

Chandra made these remarks while addressing general, police and expenditure observers deployed during elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur. Speaking on the occasion, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar cautioned that non-compliance of corona protocol by polling personnel at polling material distribution centers and even sporadic instances of human errors can create a bad image and derail the smooth conduct of elections.

Give equal opportunity to all political parties

Election Commissioner Anoop Chandra called upon the observers to ensure equal opportunities for all political parties and candidates. More than 1,400 officers participated in the meeting. Of these, 140 officers were present in the meeting personally while the rest participated through virtual medium. Explain that officers of IAS, IPS, IRS and other Accounts Services are taken from all over the country to be posted as General Police and Expenditure Supervisors.

Edited By: Krishna Bihari Singh