The suspension will be reviewed after 14 days. The electoral chief called on the media not to cover the political activities of the two parties in the affected districts while the police have been urged to ensure that the suspension was adhered to.
The electoral body has also suspended the holding of roadshows by all political parties ahead of the Aug. 12 elections due to increased cases of COVID-19.
The political parties have started using roadshows as mobile rallies following a ban of campaign rallies, a situation that was exposing people to the COVID-19 pandemic. The roadshows were also being used to perpetrate violence.