The Election Commission on Friday announced curbs to campaigning for the remaining three rounds of polling in the eight phase West Bengal elections, in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the state and across the country.
The EC increased the duration of the silence period before polling from the original 48 hours to 72 hours, where there will be no campaigning at all. The EC has also barred all kinds of campaigning or election rallies from 7pm to 10am.
Invoking its plenary powers under the Article 234 of the Constitution, the EC on Friday evening made these announcements. This means that campaigning would end at 6.39pm on April 19, April 23 and April 26 respectively for the sixth, seventh and eighth phases.
The EC has also written to all national and state parties to stress on the factors of mask-wearing, social distancing and obliging to the Covid-19 guidelines. violation of which would lead to stern action.