Thiruvananthapuram: The COVID-19 outbreak has brought many changes to the conventional style of election campaigns. Though the Election Commission allowed 5 people to visit households for wooing votes, the politicians are not agreeing to it. Majority of them have decided not to form a crowd while campaigning. When two of the party workers enter inside houses, three wait outside.
The Election Commission made strict rules for campaigns in view of COVID crisis. The candidates and parties also follow the rules considering the gravity of situation. All of them are aware that violation of rules can result in disasters during this time. Even during door-to-door visits, they are not spending more time in houses. The householders also are not interested in welcoming many strangers inside.
The Commission has instructed the parties to limit distribution of notices and brochures. With this, candidates are seriously thinking about curbing expense in this category. Election observers will enter the field in a few days for monitoring the campaigns and rule violations. The Election Commission reminded all that following the rules is good for everyone.