When there is an exit ban, prediction of media poll results by astrologers, tarot readers and analysts is a violation of election law, the Election Commission said Thursday.
The EC opinion, reissued ahead of the three-phase elections in Bihar starting at the end of the month, called on the media, electronic and print, to “refrain” from broadcasting and publishing such programs during the prohibited period. to ensure transparent polls.
The notice was first published on March 30, 2017 in which the poll monitoring body cited Article 126A of the People’s Representation Act.
This provision states that “ no one shall conduct an exit ballot and publish or make known by means of the printed and electronic media or otherwise disseminate the result of any exit ballot during the period which may be notified by the Election Commission. …. “
The March 2017 Opinion was issued keeping in mind the experience of the Commission in the assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
“The Commission is of the opinion that the prediction of election results in any form by means of predictions etc. by astrologers, tarot readers, political analysts or by any person during the prohibited period constitutes a violation of the spirit of Article 126A of the RP Law of 1951 which aims to prevent voters from constituencies which are still go to the polls are not influenced in their vote by such predictions on the prospects of the various political parties ”, indicated the opinion published Thursday.
He stated that the media (electronic and print) are advised not to publish or publicize any such article or program related to the dissemination of the results, during the prohibited period between 7:00 a.m. on October 28, 2020 (Wednesday) and 6:30 p.m. on November 7. . , 2020 (Saturday) during the elections in Bihar “to ensure free and fair elections”.
Elections in Bihar will take place on October 28, November 3 and November 7.
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