Nagaland: Govt permits political gathering of more than 100 persons with strict condition

Nagaland: Government permits political gathering of more than 100 persons with strict condition

Kohima, October 15 (NEx): Ahead of by-election in two Assembly constituencies in the State, Nagaland government permits political gatherings outside the Containment Zones, beyond the existing limit of 100 persons with immediate effect in those assembly constituencies only, where elections are to be held on November 03, 2020, but with certain conditions.

An order issued by the Chief Secretary, GoN on Wednesday said that, the relaxation is permitted only in Southern Angami-I (ST) and 60 Pungro- Kiphire (ST). Also relaxation does not apply to containment zones, it said.

According to the order, the relaxation will be subject to the condition that in closed spaces, not more than 50 per cent of the hall capacity will be occupied with a ceiling of 200 persons. In open spaces, the size of the gathering is to be decided based on the size of the venue so that distancing norms can be maintained, it said.

Social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines. Wearing of masks and thermal scanning of those attending such events will be mandatory. Sanitizer, soap and water shall also be made available, the order said.

For door-to-door campaign, a group of five persons, including candidates but excluding security personnel, is allowed subject any other restrictions including extant COVID-19 guidelines.

For road show, the convoy of vehicle should be broken after every five vehicles instead of ten vehicles (excluding the security vehicle, if any). The intervals between two sets of convoy of vehicles should be half an hour instead of gap of 100 meters.

The order was issued in pursuance to the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on October 8, 2020. Anybody violating these provisions and the instructions on COVID-19 measure shall be liable to proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 besides legal action, it stated.